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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Of all the days of the year, Tax Day is probably the one in which you could most use a break. And while taxes generally are not that fun, there is some good news amid the tax return blues.
Some nationwide chains are offering Tax Day “freebies,” deals and discounts to take the sting out of preparing those returns.
Below is an explanation of why tax day is April 17 this year, and a list of freebies and deals for the day and beyond.
When is tax day 2018?
April 15 is Tax Day most years, but since April 15 was on Sunday and Monday is Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. so federal employees are off, Tax Day falls on Tuesday.
Emancipation Day marks the day the Compensated Emancipation Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The act signaled the end of slavery in the city of Washington.
Tax Day means it’s the last day to file your 2017 taxes unless you file for an extension.
What kind of freebies and deals are available for Tax Day?
Here’s a list of freebies and deals available Tuesday.
Note: Some of the deals below will not be offered at every location, not every franchise honors the deals. Call ahead to your local restaurant to make sure they are honoring the offer.
Applebee's: It’s “Dollarita” time at Applebee’s. Get $1 margaritas through April 30.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: You can celebrate making it through Tax Day by getting a free Pizookie with a minimum purchase of $9.95 on Wednesday.
Captain D's: Get the $10.40 deal on Monday and Tuesday. The deal includes six pieces of its signature batter-dipped fish, one family side and six pups.
Chili’s: Get a $5 Cuervo Blue Margarita at participating locations on Tuesday.
Chuck E. Cheese’s: Buy a large cheese pizza Tuesday through Thursday, get one large cheese pizza free.
Great American Cookies: Get a free Cookies & Cream Cookie Tuesday at participating locations. No purchase is necessary.
Hardee’s: Get a free sausage biscuits from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at participating locations. Say “made from scratch,” when ordering.
Hooters: Through Tuesday, kids 12 and younger get a free kids meal with an adult purchase of $10 or more.
Piada Italian Street Food: Piada is offering free blackberry lemonades at all locations Tuesday.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: The first 75,000 people to sign up for the Potbelly Perks loyalty program will get a free sandwich. If you are already a member, you can get a buy-one-get-one-free sandwich offer loaded to your account Tuesday.
Schlotzsky’s: Tuesday get a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips and a medium drink.
Sonic Drive-In: Get up to five half-price cheeseburgers Tuesday at participating locations.
White Castle: Through Tuesday, get 15 percent off any in-restaurant White Castle purchase.
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