Tax Day has arrived, and other than Uncle Sam and persons who profit from preparing others’ tax documents, it is a very dreadful day. While it’s the day we make confessions to the federal and state governments about what we did – or didn’t do – financially in the past year and give back some of our hard-earned cash, there is a handful of businesses who try to make the best of the bad time for us, according to reports by ABC News and the Chicago Tribune on Thursday.
There has been a new trend in recent times in which businesses across the United States attempt to ease the pain of Tax Day. Their method of trying to ease the pain is offering discounts – as well as free items – in honor of the down day – Tax Day. While still a short list, it is gradually growing as the trend continues to expand.
The Tax Day benefits' list follows:
- Arby’s – The fast food sandwich restaurant is giving away a free snack-size curly fry. The Tax Day benefit to diners is available via a coupon that is available online at Arbys.com.
- Boston Market – The restaurant offers a “Tax Day Deal Chicken Meal” for $10.40 (as in the number of a popular tax form). Get it? The Tax Day meal includes half a rotisserie chicken plus a choice of two sides and cornbread. Very consumer-friendly, there is no coupon required.
- Great American Cookies – A free chocolate chip cookie can be had at participating locations.
- Hard Rock Café – With a catch, Hard Rock Café is giving away a free entrée from the restaurant’s new menu. The catch is that you have to sing a song in front of the entire restaurant to get the free meal.
- Hotel Monaco in Chicago – Hotel Monaco is a Chicago hotel which is conducting a “Relax with No Tax” promotion throughout all of April. The deal includes no occupancy or lodging taxes on one’s roommate rate, a $25 beverage credit at South Water Kitchen, and a $50 spa credit. The promotion calls it an IRS (Imbibe, Relax and Save) special. (Mention the rate code of “NOTAX.”)
- Hotel Monaco in Portland – This Hotel Monaco is offering complimentary in-chair massages to tense taxpayers during cocktail hour on Tax Day. Champagne will be available for those who have a refund to toast. For a complimentary cocktail at the adjacent Red Star Tavern, one must present their tax return.
- Kona Ice – On April 16 – the day after Tax Day – one can get a complimentary cup of ice and a Hawaiian lei. Kona Ice trucks will be parked in community parks.
- MVPee.com – The online firm makes urinal covers and is giving away 1,000 covers emblazoned with the words “Abolish the IRS” to the first 1,000 taxpayers who request them.
- MyCorporation – The firm offers a promotion where tax filers can form either an LLC or their own corporation for no charge.
- Office Depot – With a coupon from OfficeDepot.com, free shredding for up to five pounds of documents is available until April 29.
- Orange Leaf Yogurt – With a downloaded coupon, a patron can get a yogurt cup for $4.15. April 15 equals 4-15. Get it?
- Schlotzsky’s Deli – A free original small sandwich can be had with the purchase of chips and a 32-ounce soft drink.
- Sonic – The sandwich drive-up place has half-price on all drinks and slushies. According to the drive-in chain, due to the many flavor combinations, there are 1,392,085 possible deductions.
- Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District – On April 16, the day after Tax Day, the firm opens registration for an annual exchange program that gives the energy-conscious 75 percent off the cost of a brand-name electric lawnmower for any gas-powered mower they bring in.
- Timothy O’Toole’s Pub – Tax-free dining is available all day.
Of course, if you haven’t finished your tax returns yet, you might want to forget about the Tax Day specials and get to work. Taxes are due by midnight on Tuesday.