Wednesday is the deadline for filing income tax returns, a day long associated with the dread of rushing to fill out complicated forms and, perhaps, making a payment to Uncle Sam.
But don't let Tax Day get your down. There are a number of freebies you can cash in on.
The most practical of all tax season freebies is the IRS' Free File program, which allows those who have an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less to file for free through the agency's website.
Once you have Uncle Sam squared away, you can reward yourself with some Tax Day freebies:
Office Depot is offering two pounds of free document shredding. Staples will do the same for up to five pounds of documents.
Meanwhile, the stressed and the overworked can claim a free massage at participating Hydromassage locations.
Now that you have worked up an appetite, you can enjoy one -- or all -- of the following food freebies:
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Boston Market: Buy One Individual Meal and Get One Individual Meal FREE
Bruegger’s Bagels: Big Bagel Bundles are just $10.40 – a $3.50 deduction.
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California Tortilla: Free Chips and Quesos.
Great American Cookie: Free Regular Sugar Cookie.
Hard Rock Cafe: Free meal for tax paying singers.
KFC: FREE red velvet cake with the purchase of a 10-piece (or larger) family meal.
McDonald’s: Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese and get one for a penny.
Pizza Hut: Visit pizzareturn.com for a chance to win Pizza Hut gift cards.
Schlotzsky’s: One free small The Original sandwich with the purchase of a 32 oz. drink and a bag of chips.
If you want to use your refund to get away from it all (well, maybe just away from your house if you live in D.C.), some area hotels are offering discounts and freebies for Tax Day.
Marriott: Anyone who books a room on marriott.com can get 25 percent off the chain's best weekend rate for hotels in Washington, D.C. and Arlington from May 2 until Sept. 8.
Kimpton: You will get "The Procrastinator" cocktail for free at Kimpton's 12 hotels in D.C., Alexandria and Baltimore if you can show that you've sent in your taxes.