Tax Day Freebies and Deals 2020

March 20, 2020


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From high schoolers working part-time to those with a salaried 9-to-5, anyone who’s held a job can tell you how much they dread April 15*, or “Tax Day.” The day tax filings are due to the federal government may be innocuous enough if you’re only filing one W-2, but as a small business owner with heaps of tax documents to work through, just mentioning April 15 can be headache-inducing.

Though Tax Day is hardly fun for anyone, many companies and businesses offer freebies or steep discounts on products to help ease the pain of Tax Day. From discounted smoothies to office supplies, free donuts to small business tax software, there’s now a reward for your return.

Jump to the infographic to find out more on the best Tax Day freebies for small business owners, or keep reading to see the best deals anyone can snag come April 15. Before cashing in on these great deals, call your local store to make sure they’re participating in the promotion.

*Due to unprecedented closures because of COVID-19, the 2020 tax filing and payment deadline has been extended to July 15. Though the deadline is different, that doesn’t stop you from getting the same deals!

Food and Drink Freebies


There’s no better way to toast to finishing your filings than with a free drink or discounted meal. Luckily, there are a number of great options for food and drink freebies on Tax Day. If restaurants in your city are operating on a to-go basis only due to COVID-19, call and see if these coupons will apply.

  • Applebee’s: Stop in for $1 margaritas and drink-of-the-month specials through the end of April.
  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: BJ’s celebrates the end of tax season with half off deep dish or tavern-cut pizzas, available delivered, pick-up or in-store. Check with your local store to see this year’s deal.
  • Boston Market: Boston Market’s “Tax Day Meal Special” is available to dine-in customers — a $10.40 coupon gets you a Half Chicken Individual meal.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels: Each year you can grab 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese for $10.40 with coupon. Check back closer to Tax Day 2020 for the coupon!
  • CiCi’s Pizza: CiCi’s took “treating yourself” to a new level in 2019 by offering admission to their adult all-you-can-eat buffet for only $4.15, with purchase of a large drink. Check back closer to tax day for the deal!
  • Great American Cookies: The cookie giant’s Tax Day tradition is passing out free Original Chocolate Chip Cookies to all in-store customers.
  • IHOP: All kids under the age of 12 eat free between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m throughout the month of April.
  • Kona Ice: Any taxpayer can pick up a free shaved ice on Tax Day, which the brand has dubbed “Kona Ice’s National Chill Out Day.”
  • Schlotzsky’s: Since 2014, the Austin-inspired chain has offered a free small Original sandwich with purchase of chips and a medium drink, no coupon needed.
  • Sonic Drive-In: Sonic offered half-price cheeseburgers on Tax Day 2019 — check with your local Sonic on Tax Day for any 2020 deals.

Freebies for Small Business Owners


Besides accountants, those who run their own business are the most likely to be up to their eyeballs in stress come tax season. Fortunately, the upside to this season is all of the freebies and discounts, from management software to last-minute savings in tax filings, that are perfect for making small business owners’ lives easier.

  • Credit Karma: Always offers free tax filing to make filing a little less painful.
  • H&R Block: Get 5% back on all purchases when you shop on H&R Block Tax Prep — see what else you can save with these H&R Block coupons!
  • Intuit TurboTax: Save 25% on the Self-Employed filing option when you file federal income taxes, state not included. See how much else you can save with these Intuit deals!
  • Jackson Hewitt: Promises your largest refund yet, or they will pay you $100 themselves. Check out these Jackson Hewitt coupons for more savings!
  • Office Depot: Offers free shredding at Office Depot and OfficeMax locations with coupon, valid now through 4/27/20. See more Office Depot savings here!
  • Staples: Save $20 on select TurboTax titles with purchase of select Quicken software with coupon, now through 4/15/20 — and check out these other Staples coupons to save even more.
  • TaxAct: Save up to 40% when taxes are filed before Tax Day on their website. Check out how much you can save with other TaxAct coupons!

Miscellaneous Tax Day Freebies


If you’re looking to go beyond eating for free on Tax Day, the following options have Tax Day freebies that will make April 15 a day to look forward to. From shopping deals to travel steals, everyone is sure to find a freebie they’ll enjoy.

Retail Freebies

Considering the average tax refund is just over $3,000, you can certainly treat yourself with some of your newfound cash. Luckily, you don’t even have to spend that much thanks to these shopping and travel freebies. In light of store closures caused by COVID-19, call your local store and see if they are open for business or if the deal applies online.

  • DSW: In 2019, customers could save 20% on their Tax Day purchase using coupon code 20FORME. Check back closer to Tax Day to see their offer!
  • Hand & Stone Spa: Hand & Stone has helped “relax the tax” in the past by offering a one-hour introductory massage for only $39.95. Call your local store to see if this promotion is available for 2020!
  • Macy’s: The infamous department store helped you step out of the 2019 tax season in style by offering up to 40% off two pairs of women’s shoes through Tax Day with promo code GREAT. Check back for a Macy’s 2020 deal, and see what other coupons you can use at Macy’s!
  • Planet Fitness: In 2019, the chain gym offered free Hydromassage sessions with a printed coupon, available on their app. Check back to find this year’s deal!
  • Zeel: The popular at-home massage app, available in over 85 cities, has offered first-time customers $20 off their first massage through the month of April. Check back to see this year’s deal.

Travel Freebies

Now that taxes are settled for the next year, it’s time to start planning for something a little more exciting — like a big trip! These companies ease the stress of Tax Day by offering deals on hotels, flight packages and more. Follow recommended guidelines and plan to take these trips after the CDC and WHO gives the all-clear on international travel.

  • Kimpton Hotel Group: They’ve made Tax Day a little more exciting in the past by waiving hotel and restaurant taxes for stays through the end of April.
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines: If you book a cruise between April 11 and 18, Norwegian Cruise Lines has offered deals on taxes, guest fees and port expenses.
  • Orbitz: Celebrate Tax Day with a getaway by getting a refund on all taxes and fees on hotel + flight or hotel packages booked on Tax Day. See what other destinations you can go to with these Orbitz deals!

Through being strategic and smart about picking up all of the Tax Day freebies you can, the pain of doing your taxes will be long gone — until next year, that is. Check out all of the free or discounted options out there that will help your small business thrive:


Sources: CNBC | Military Benefits | Forbes | The College Investor | Refinery29 | Bankrate | Sarah Titus | TaxAct | Jackson Hewitt | Intuit TurboTax | Credit Karma | SmartAsset

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