So, let’s talk about how much we’re all totally looking forward to Tax Day even if this is the second year the feds have given us an extension.
Anybody? No? Well, the deadline will be here soon no matter how you feel.
Sure, the paperwork is annoying, deductions can be confusing, and you may end up owing a huge bill you didn’t expect.
Adding to the confusion the IRS has moved Tax Day, this year to May 17, 2021.
To ease the pain of Tax Day — and save your refund for another time — take advantage of some of these Tax Day 2021 freebies and deals!
Tax Day Freebies and Deals
We’ve scoured the internet to figure out what companies are offering deals, discounts, and freebies on Tax Day this year. Every little bit helps, right?
Retail Tax Day Deals
Most retailers offer discounts on specific tax software sold in-store, and others just offer great deals around Tax Day. We’ve rounded up the following general Tax Day deals in retail stores:
- Dollar General
The weekend before Tax Day, Dollar General is cooking up savings that are quite nice. Spend $25 pre-tax on or before 5/15/21, and you’ll save $5.
- Best Buy
Best Buy is offering up to 20% off tax software.
Buy TurboTax Deluxe for $10 off on Amazon and get a $10 Amazon gift card.
Tax Software/Filing Tax Day Deals
Talk about waiting until the last minute! If you still need help ahead of Tax Day, check out some of these deals on software and tax prep:
Get 35% off your federal tax return, valid through May 17, 2021.
Get $20 off TurboTax through May 15, 2021.
- H&R Block
Get 20% off H&R Block online tax filing products through May 31, 2021.
Get 20% off your federal tax return, valid through Oct. 30, 2021.
Get 40% off tax filing through E-File.com, valid through May 21, 2021.
Food and Drink Tax Day Deals
Celebrate the end of tax season with a free meal or a free round of drinks. Here are some of the best 2021 Tax Day freebies for food and drink:
The WOWorks family of restaurants is new to the scene but is hitting the ground running with Tax Day discounts at all of its brands, including The Simple Gree, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and Saladworks. On Tax Day only, you can get your favorite entree for just $5.17.
- Kona Grill
On May 17, relax with a drink (or two!) at Kona Grill, where you can get up two House, Skinny or Watermelon Margaritas for just $10.40.
Get it? 1040? Don’t worry, you’ll stop seeing those numbers in your dreams soon enough.
- Great American Cookies
Got a sweet tooth? Check out Great American Cookies for one free original Chocolate Chip Cookie on May 17.
- Marble Slab Creamery
Is ice cream more your thing? The sister brand to Great American Cookies is offering a free Regular Ice Cream when you buy another Regular or a Best Value Ice Cream. Again, this is only good on actual Tax Day 2021.
Miscellaneous Tax Day Deals
When shopping for a used car, it’s a good idea to get a vehicle history report. CARFAX is not the only name in the business; from May 12 through May 19 of this year, Bumper.com is offering 20% off vehicle history reports for anyone using that tax refund to buy a used car.
- Southwest Airlines
If you have a Southwest Rapid Rewards account, login and click the link for TurboTax. If you file using that link, you’ll earn 1,000 points.
- Straight Talk
Get massive savings on a new phone during tax season. Straight Talk has insane Tax Day discounts on the Samsung Galaxy A51 (save $200), LG Stylo 5 ($100 off) and more.
Potential Tax Day Deals
In previous years, we wrote about some of these Tax Day deals. We’re cutting it close to 5/17, yet these brands haven’t updated their promos as of yet. It’s worth checking their sites in the coming days, however, to see what Tax Day freebies you may find:
- Boston Market previously offered two delicious Tax Day specials. You could get the rosemary lemon chicken meal with a beverage for $10.99 or a half-chicken individual meal complete with two sides, cornbread, a regular beverage and a cookie for just $10.40.
- Bruegger’s Bagels previously offered a $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle deal, plus 20% off catering orders for pickup or delivery with the code “twentyoff.”
- California Tortilla used to turn into a taco speakeasy. The password “chippin’ in” while ordering on Tax Day got you free chips and queso with any purchase.
- Cinnabon is known for giving out free treats with its Tax Day Bites promotion; however, the promotion varies by location, so be sure to check with your nearest Cinnabon before rushing out to cure that sweet tooth.
- Chuck E. Cheese before gave parents a Tax Day break with some food and fun. They could get a large cheese pizza for free with the purchase of any large pizza – and if you said “I need a fun break,” you could get 50 free tickets as part of the spring break promotion.
- Firehouse Subs offered a free medium sub with the purchase of a medium or large sub, chips, and a drink.
- Hardees had breakfast covered last Tax Day – all you had to do was stop by before 10 a.m. to enjoy a free sausage biscuit.
- Hot Dog on a Stick once gave one free Original Turkey Dog or Veggie Dog to every customer.
If there’s one thing more American than taxes, it’s hot dogs.
- Kona Ice once dubbed Tax Day “National Chill Out Day.”
Its motto? “No taxation without relaxation!” Swing by your favorite location for a free shaved ice.
- Noodles & Co. has previously had a “File Online, Order Online” deal for $4 off your order of $10 or more if you order online or via their app and use the promo code.
- Schlotzky’s treated guests to a free small original sandwich with the purchase of a drink and a bag of chips at participating locations on Tax Day – no coupon required.
And its “Original” is anything but ordinary: It’s got ham, two kinds of salami and three kinds of cheese. Three kinds of cheese, guys.
- Sonic Drive-In has, in the past, offered half-price cheeseburgers all day long on Tax Day. What better way is there to eat your feelings about Tax Day, aside from washing it all down with half-price shakes, floats and ice cream slushes if you visit after 8 p.m.
- Sonny’s had a cheeky deal for Tax Day: The IRS (that’s Irresistible Ribs Special), a rib dinner plate, was half-price.
- Tony Roma’s was “writing off” some kickin’ shrimp in a previous tax season. Guests who presented the offer received a coupon for an order of kickin’ shrimp to use on their next visit.
If you’re a member of the Tony Roma’s Email Club, you may receive the coupon in your inbox prior to Tax Day.
15. Hydromassage and Planet Fitness teamed up to gently melt your troubles away with a Tax Day promotion for a free massage.
Free massage? Yes, please!
16. The Hand and Stone Spa offered a “Relax the Tax” sale on a -hour introductory massage starting at $39.95 — and with over 300 locations across the U.S., it’s likely you’ve got one nearby.
- Zeel offers in-home and on demand massage in over 85 cities and regions. During a previous tax season, it gave first-time customers $20 off their first massage for the entire month of April.
Because leaving the house after you file your taxes is so overrated.
Contributor Timothy Moore has written about personal finance with specialities in banking and insurance since 2012. His work has appeared in publications such as Codetic, Debt.com, Ladders, WDW Magazine, Glassdoor and The News Wheel.