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Take advantage of Tax Day freebies

By Kay Bell ·
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Posted: 10 am ET

Did filing your tax return leave a bad taste?  Then check out the many national restaurant chains that are offering some much more appetizing goodies today in celebration of the end of our annual tax ritual.

P.F. Chang's customers will get 15 percent off dine-in or take-out food purchases. The discount does not apply, however, to Happy Hour items or alcoholic beverages.

McDonald's is offering a "Buy one, get one more for just 1 cent" on its Quarter Pounder with cheese and Big Mac sandwiches.

McCormick & Schmick's is cutting the prices of its usual $15 to $20 entrees to $10.40. To round out your meal, you can order tax-themed drinks, such as a pint of Samuel Adams Deduction Draft.

Cinnabon has temporarily rechristened its miniature cupcakes Tax Day Bites and will be handing out the snacks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at its 700 outlets.

T.G.I. Friday's will give customers $5 Bonus Bites gift cards for food and beverage purchases of $15 to $25 and $10 cards for those who spend more than $25.

Starbucks is giving away free brewed coffee all day April 15 to patrons who bring in their own travel mugs.

Dairy Queen will hand out free samples of its new Mini Blizzards from their Blizzardmobile from noon to 1 p.m. outside the main IRS office in Washington, D.C.

IHOP is commemorating the child tax credit by offering free meals for kids 12 years old and younger with each adult meal purchased from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day throughout April.

It's not just big businesses that are tying their products to tax day. A furniture store here in Austin is advertising a tax break sale, a discount equal to the amount of sales tax on qualifying purchases.

And yes, a couple of business have actual tax filing promotions under way. You can make free copies of your tax returns at Staples and Office Max stores.

A marketing professor calls the April 15 specials a "masterful strategy" in these tough economic times.

"They're trying to tie in their particular product or the function of their product with this day and they'll probably keep doing it because it produces a good result," says Bill Rice who teaches at Fresno State.

As with anything even tangentially connected with taxes, there are qualifiers. Note the special times for some of the offerings. And it's also a good idea to double-check the specials at your local franchise.

And if you know of any other tax day goodies, please let us know by leaving a comment.

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April 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Just heard from TGIFriday's and my bad; that tax day special was from last year!

April 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm
April 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for the tip! I was just wondering what to do about lunch.

April 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

All Subways have buy one foot long get one foot long free of equal or lesser value. I went at lunch and got two footlongs (Roasted Chicken and Ham&Cheese) for %5.45. They are billing it as a tax break on tax day.