It’s Tax Day! If you’ve finished your state and federal tax tasks by the April 15 deadline, reward yourself.
And if you’re still working on them — you have until midnight if e-filing or until the last pick-up at your local post office if you’re doing your taxes on paper — take a break and treat yourself.
The best thing is that in both instances, you’ll probably be able to find some Tax Day freebies.
Welcome to America, where everything, even the thing so many of us hate and fear the most, filing our taxes, can be turned into a product promotion.
Taking a bite out of Tax Day troubles
Most of today’s free goodies are edible. They include offerings by Great American Cookies, Arby’s, Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s, McDonald’s and Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill.
My favorite deal might take a bit of driving, but I’m on the hunt for two free Cinnabon Bites accompanied by a free medium Slurpee from 7-Eleven.
Then I can catch a show at my local AMC Theater and get a complimentary small popcorn.
If doing your taxes has ruined your appetite, HydroMassage locations are offering free massages today.
And Office Depot will make a basic black-and-white copy of your tax return and shred up to five pounds of your no-longer-needed tax (or other) material for free. Just be careful that you don’t do away with some documentation that you might need!
Not free, but still good
Some other places aren’t going the full free route, but still are offering some Tax Day deals.
They include Boston Market, Carvel Ice Cream, Sonic, Schlotzsky’s, Subway, Corner Bakery Cafe and Bruegger’s Bagels.
Read the fine print
As with all deals, on April 15 or the other 364 days of the year, the devil is in the details.
Some tax-related freebies and discounts end today. Others go on for a while longer, great for those folks who got an extension to file their returns.
In this electronic age, you can find the specifics on what’s free or at a reduced price at the firm’s websites and/or Facebook pages.
And be sure to check out your local businesses. Places don’t have to be national chains to get in on the Tax Day freebies spirit.
A bar here in Austin is offering discounts on some of its favorite, and usually more pricey, wines today. I know where a lot of my friends will be this Tax Day when happy hour rolls around, regardless of whether they’ve finished their 1040s!
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Veteran contributing editor Kay Bell is the author of the book “The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes” and a co-author of the e-book “Future Millionaires’ Guidebook.”