Thursday, April 15, 2010

Celebrate Tax Day with freebies and discounts

If "taxes are the price we pay for civilized society," to quote Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., then April 15 is the day that bill comes due for every working American.

If you are scrambling to file your taxes, waiting (still) on your refund, or don't get a refund? Companies around the country are trying to relieve the Tax Day sting with freebies and special deals.
Free brewed coffee: Stop by your corner Starbucks with a travel mug for a free fill-up. The deal is part of the coffee chain's worldwide move to encourage customers to go green by switching from paper cups to reusable mugs.
Cinnabon: Cinnabon, the 25-year-old home of the cinnamon roll, is introducing cupcakes to its menu. To promote the new sweets, which are available in four flavors, mall-based locations of the bakery will be giving away bite-sized cupcakes between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Boston Market: Buy one dinner plate at Boston Market and get a second one free with a coupon from the restaurant's Web site. Good Tax Day through Sunday.

P.F. Chang's: Score 15% off your food purchases at P.F. Chang's; dine-in or take-out.

McCormick & Schmick's: McCormick & Schmick's restaurants are celebrating the completion of 1040 forms with dinner entrees for $10.40 and drink specials. And on Friday, the restaurant is hosting Tax Preparer Appreciation Day--free dessert for accountants and other tax preparers. Diners on both days will also receive a $10.40 gift certificate.

Whole Foods: Whole Foods stores in the South -- 18 locations across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee -- are rewarding customers with a tax-free shopping day.

HydroMassage: Let a jet stream massage bed rub away stress-induced knots Tax Day through Sunday at participating HydroMassage locations.
Credits: Hibah Yousuf, CNNMoney

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