Tax Day Discounts: Where to Find Freebies in Honor of the IRS Deadline

Spend your refund—or if you owe, take solace in freebies

Americans have until 11:59 p.m. Monday to file their taxes with the Internal Revenue Service, or request an extension to avoid a late-filing penalty. While procrastinators may be busy with last-minute scrambling, the vast majority of taxpayers have already filed and have come to terms with their financial fate.

Whatever that fate may be—a refund or bill—retailers and marketers are prepared to seize on the range of emotions and neuroses Tax Day might evoke. 

For those with an affinity for hard-copy record-keeping, Office Depot is offering five pounds of free document shredding through April 16, as well as a free black and white copy of your tax return, through the end of the month.

The stressed and the overworked, meanwhile, can claim a free massage at participating Hydromassage locations, or take advantage of Google Play's flash sale that's offering dozens of albums for as little as $2.99. (Justin Timberlake's "Justified" is going for $6.99; Drake's "Thank me Later" is selling for $2.99.).

Browse below for other places the recently (or soon-to-be) reimbursed can spend a chunk of their refund, or where those in the red can find solace in freebies.


More than 40 percent of Americans polled by the Travel Leaders Group said they would spend some or all of their refund money on a vacation. Some hotels and resorts aiming to lure the newly reimbursed, are offering discounts and deals explicitly linked to deadline day.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS: The Bologno Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas is offering a 20 percent rebate on any all-inclusive booking of five nights or more in the month of April. Reservations must be made by April 15. 

MIAMI: The Sagamore Art Hotel is offering tax-free accommodations through April 30.

BAHAMAS: The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Casino is offering a "1040 Destresser," which includes an ocean-view room, dolphin therapy for two, and a one-time rate of $1,040 for four nights in the month of April.

MYRTLE BEACH: Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts will post Tax Day deals on three of its properties—Avista Resort, Grande Shores Ocean Resort, and Prince Resort—which will include 10 percent off the best available rate, reported. (See's post on other travel and cocktail deals.)


BRUEGGER'S BAGELS: Get a dozen bagels and two tubs of cream cheese for $10.40 with a coupon from their Facebook page. Offer expires on April 15, 2013.

PAPA JOHN'S: Order online and use promotion code TAXSPC to get a large pizza with up to three toppings and a two liter bottle of Pepsi for $10.40. Offer expires on April 15, 2013.

TACO BELL: This deal will be available long after you spent your tax return. The fast food chain is introducing "Happier Hour" from 2 to 5 p.m. every day. This means $1 Grillers, Drinks, Sparklers and Freezes.

GREAT AMERICAN COOKIES: The cookie chain is offering free Birthday Cake Cookies on Tax Day at participating locations.

PANDA EXPRESS: On April 17, the Asian food chain is offering a free serving of Samurai Surf and Turf with this coupon.

THE MELTING POT: Most locations have deals on fondue, salads and certain entrees. Check the site for details.

AMC THEATRES: Moviegoers can get a free popcorn with this coupon anytime between April 12 and April 15 at participating locations.

SUBWAY: The sandwich chain is offering customers a buy-one-get-one deal on breakfast subs purchased before 9 a.m. through April 30.

CINNABON: Participating locations are giving away free Cinnabon Bites on Tax Day only.

ARBY'S: All day Monday, Arby's is giving away free curly fries or potato cakes.

PINKBERRY: Though this one's not billed as a tax-related discount, it's happening tax week, and therefore relevant. The frozen yogurt chain is offering free full-size servings of Pinkberrygreek, a new Greek yogurt on the menu, every Wednesday in April from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SONIC: These fast-food joints are offering half price drinks all day long Monday.

SCHOLTZKY'S DELI: The deli chain is giving away free sandwiches with a 32 ounce drink and chips purchased Monday

BOSTON MARKET: This chain's Tax Day "Rib-bate" is two rib meals for $10.40.

WHITE CASTLE: The chain is offering 15 percent off through Monday, with a coupon from its Facebook page and website.

BAR LOUIE: Facebook fans of the restaurant chain will be eligible for a buy-one-get-one deal on appetizers and flatbread from Monday through Sunday.

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