Tax Day freebies and deals

TAMPA (FOX 13) - Tax Day is rarely a time people look forward to, but some retailers are trying to lesson the sting of America's least-favorite holiday by offering some great freebies and deals.

We can't do your taxes for you, but we can give you the low-down on all the best Tax Day deals. From free beer to massages to free document shredding, there's a deal for everyone. Check them out below:

Arby’s: Select locations are offering free curly fries on April 18 with no purchase necessary. Make sure to check with your local Arby’s beforehand because this deal is only being offered at certain locations.

Boston Market: They’re offering a Tax Day special that includes a half-chicken individual meal with two sides, a regular fountain drink, cornbread and a cookie for $10.40.

Chuck E. Cheese’s: For every large pizza purchased between April 18 and 20, guests can get one large cheese pizza for free.

Cinnabon: Some Cinnabon locations are offering two free Cinnabon bites on Tax Day for eClub members.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Einstein Bros. eClub members get $1 off purchases by claiming an email offer through April 18.

Firehouse Subs: Free medium sub with the purchase of another sub, chips, and a drink from April 18 to 20, with coupon.

Great American Cookies: Cookie fans can stop by participating locations for a free birthday cake cookie on April 18.

Hooters: Kids eat free at select locations on April 17 and 18 with the purchase of $10 or more by an accompanying adult.

Hungry Howie’s: Between April 17 through April 19, buy a large one-topping pizza at regular price and get a medium one-topping pizza for 15 cents. For online orders, use the code TAXTIME.

JetBlue: If you owe money, you can fill out this form to win a one-way flight.

Kona Ice: Get free shaved ice on April 18 at select locations.

McDonald’s: McDonald’s is offering a variety of Tax Day specials on April 18 that vary from franchise to franchise. Examples of deals at some locations include 18-cent Quarter Pounder or Big Mac with purchase of a full-price Quarter Pounder or Big Mac

Sonic Drive-In: In addition to offering milkshakes and ice cream slushes for half price after 8 p.m., Sonic Drive-in will have half-price cheeseburgers on Tuesday.

World of Beer: Participating locations are offering a free select draught beer on Tax Day.

Office Depot: Shred up to five pounds of documents, including tax records, for free through April 29 at Office Depot and OfficeMax stores with a printable coupon available at

Planet Fitness: From Saturday, April 15 to Saturday, April 22, consumers can receive a free HydroMassage at any Planet Fitness location. De-stressers need only bring in a coupon available on (starting April 15) before relaxing their cares away.

Topgolf: Text "tax" to 686-33 for a $10 off coupon.

Sonny's BBQ: All Sonny's locations are offering their St. Louis Rib Dinner for half price.

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Tax Day 2017: Free food, deals, special offers and more to brighten your day

Tax Day might not rate high among days to celebrate. The deadline to file taxes for 2017 is today, Tuesday, April 18.

But there's some silver lining to be found in the last minute rush to mail in your taxes. A number of restaurants and other businesses have special deals, freebies and other offers to ease the stress of the day.

Here's the full list of where you can score a tax break of sorts in Upstate NY. We'll start with the food:

Arby's: Free curly fries, no purchase necessary. Call ahead to see if your location is participating.

Bob Evans: Get 30% off your entire purchase with this coupon today only.

Boston Market: Get a discounted $10.40 Tax Day Meal, including a Half Chicken Individual Meal with 2 sides, cornbread, a regular fountain beverage and a cookie. Find a location.

Bruegger's Bagels: Get a baker's dozen bagels for $10.40 (about $3.50 off), plus two tubs of cream cheese. Find a location.

Chili's: Get discounted, $6 blueberry and pineapple margaritas. Find a location.

Chuck E. Cheese: Buy one large cheese pizza, get another one free through April 20. Find a location.

Firehouse Subs: Get a free medium sub with the purchase of a medium or large sub, chips and a drink (valid April 18 - April 20). Find a location.

Great American Cookies: Get a free Birthday Cake Cookie on Tuesday. Find a location.

Hooters: Kids 12 and younger eat free with an adult purchase of $10 or more for each free kids meal. Participating locations.

Kona Ice: Get a free shaved ice by tweeting @konaice. They will tweet you the location of the truck nearest to you.

McDonald's: Local McDonald's across the country are offering different deals today only. You may find $1 McChicken or McDoubles and other deals. Check the McDonald's app for local deals.

P.F. Chang's: Use the TAXDAY code to take 20 percent off takeout orders.

Quiznos: Get 10.40% off any purchase for loyalty members. Find a location.

Sonic Drive-in: Half price cheeseburgers, limit five per customer. Find a location.

World of Beer: Get a "beer refund" with a free select draught or $5 off your check. Find a location.

There are a few miscellaneous extras being offered from other companies too. Take a look:

Hertz: Take 30% off your rental if you book it today. Expires June 15. Learn more.

JetBlue: Win a free TaxReturnFlight from JetBlue. Contest open through April 25.

Office Depot & Office Max: Free bulk bin shredding of up to five pounds. Get the coupon.

Planet Fitness: Through April 22, get a free HydroMassage at any Planet Fitness location. Get the coupon.

Staples: Get two pounds of free document shredding. Get the coupon.

Did we miss a deal you know about? Let us know in the comments below.

7 great food freebies and meal deals for Tax Day

Filing your taxes may be the worst, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel on April 18-- and that light could be coming from your favorite restaurant or food shop.

Even if you don't get a mega refund on Tax Day, there are plenty of places that want to put a smile on your face with some free or discounted grub. Here’s a list of 7 of the top spots to celebrate paying off Uncle Sam.

Bob Evans is offering 30 percent off your entire dine-in or takeout meal  with a coupon good on Tax Day. The promotion can be used on April 18 only.

Boston Market gets into the swing of Tax Day every year with their annual $10.40 daily special. Get a half chicken individual meal with two sides and cornbread, plus a fountain drink and cookie for $10.40. 

Bruegger’s Bagels started their deal early. From April 12 – 19, the bagel spot is offering a “big bagel bundle” for $10.40. To get the deal, go to Bruegger’s Tax Day page, fill out the online form and a coupon will be emailed to you. The bundle includes a choice of any 13 bagels, along with two tubs of any cream cheese flavor. 

Hot Dog on a Stick is giving away one free Original Turkey Dog on Tax Day, with no purchase required.

Noodles & Company is offering $4 off any $10 purchase placed through using the code TAXDAY17 at checkout. The weeklong Tax Day promotion runs from April 12 through the 18th.

Schlotzsky’s Deli is giving away one small sandwich with the purchase of a medium drink and chips on April 18 at participating deli locations nationwide. 

McDonald's in select regions is offering customers a super-cheap deal on a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder for just 1cent (you read that right, just $0.01) when you purchase one of those sandwiches at the regular price on April 18.

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