Is your Form 1040 still laying on your desk, staring at you? Silently mocking you? If it could only speak it would scream, "Complete me! Complete me!" So go on, complete your tax return before April 18...please! If you don't, you know the story: late filing fees and...Gulp...non-payment penalties. We won't lecture you here, however, that's a job best left to the IRS. Instead, we'll aim to ease your stress a little bit by letting you know about the Tax Day Freebies that you are entitled to, regardless of whether you finish your taxes or not (and we recommend that you do file!).
Been saving your tax documents for a long time? That's great, especially if you get audited. However, if you have archives that you don't really need, Staples has a deal for you: shred 5-lbs. of documents for free on Tax Day!
Hard Rock Cafe
If you find tax season particularly stressful, then this next freebie will help you unwind (unless you're not a fan of public humiliation via karaoke). On April 18, Hard Rock Cafe will give free Local Legendary Burger.
Great American Cookies
Do you really need an excuse to eat free cookies? We think not...and Great American Cookies agrees. They're offering a complimentary chocolate chip cookie to all those taxpayers who visit their local store on Tax Day.
Taxes got you hot under the collar? Chill out with a free shaved ice from Kona Ice on Tax Day.
There is such a thing as a free lunch…but only on Tax Day! If you buy any 32-oz. drink and a bag of chips at Schlotzky’s Deli on April 18 you'll receive The Original Sandwich for free.
While the following deals aren’t technically available for nothing…they will help you keep a few more dollars from your tax refund (or your piggy bank) in your pocket:
As if these savings aren’t enough, history tells us that we will likely see more Tax Day freebies in the days to come from the likes of McDonald's, Bonefish Grill, and Sonic Drive-Ins. If you hear of more deals like these, be sure to let us—and your fellow freelancers—know on Facebook and Twitter.
Jonathan Medows is a certified public accountant licensed in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is also a recognized expert in taxation for freelancers and the self-employed—often tapped for his expert knowledge and perspective on self-employment taxation by national and regional publications such as The New York Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes taxation blog, WebCPA, CPA Practice Advisor, and others. You can read some of Jonathan’s press coverage here.
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