UPDATE: With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the tax filing deadline has been extended to July. Because of the continuing health crisis, it appears that retailers aren't planning to offer tax day freebies this year. Please note: we were unable to confirm participation by any vendors we spoke with. We recommend checking out your favorite companies on social media to see if there's anything special happening in your area. As always, be sure to follow your local laws and regulations.
Tax Day can be stressful, whether you do your own taxes or not. But once you file your taxes, you can breathe a sigh of relief for another year, then give yourself a much-deserved treat with a Tax Day freebie.
Learn about the kinds of offers we've seen in the past below. And be sure to bookmark this page — we'll be updating it with a list of confirmed Tax Day freebies for 2020!
Free Food on Tax Day
Most of the Tax Day deals we see involve food. Some places really get in the spirit and offer deals that are related to tax terms or the date — meals for $10.40 or $4.15, for instance. Other offers are less tax-centric; they just feature a small perk that gives diners a break on Tax Day.
We've seen companies like Bite Squad and Waitr celebrate by waiving delivery fees on select order amounts. And you can expect some restaurants to offer meals for $10.40 — we've seen this kind of deal from Boston Market, Bruegger's Bagels, Captain D's, Farmer Boys, Grimaldi's Pizzeria, and TooJay's Deli. While $10.40 might seem like a lot to pay for one meal, those deals tend to be for family-size dinners. Alternatively, Cicis Pizza and Sauce Pizza & Wine have both offered specials for $4.15 on Tax Days in the past.
Very few restaurants will offer true freebies, most likely — you may have to make a purchase in order to get the deal. Still, you should be able to walk in and receive something totally free in a few cases. For example, Great American Cookies tends to hand out free chocolate chip cookies on Tax Day, and Hot Dog on a Stick has offered free turkey or veggie dogs in the past.
Tax Day Travel Deals
Travel deals probably won't make up a huge portion of the offers we see on Tax Day, though we expect at least one online travel agency to participate. For instance, last year Orbitz matched all taxes on bookings in the form of "Orbucks" through their rewards program. We wouldn't be surprised to see deals like this return in 2020. Other agencies might offer a simple discount on select bookings.
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More Free Stuff on Tax Day
Outside of food and travel, Staples and Office Depot & OfficeMax are the two big retailers to watch for deals. Their offers may be less fun, as they typically involve document shredding, but they can still help out anyone who can't do this chore at home. In the past, you could shred up to 5 pounds of documents for free via a coupon at Office Depot & OfficeMax; Staples only offered to shred up to 1 pound. We strongly believe these deals will return again this year, though the amounts allowed might change.
Readers, what kinds of Tax Day freebies do you look for? Let us know in the comments below.