Tax day rewards

POSTED: 05:44 AM MDT Apr 15, 2013 

Monday is a dreaded day for many Americans but many businesses are hoping to take the pain out of tax day with some freebies.

Want to celebrate your filing with a flick? Go to AMC Theatres and enjoy a free small popcorn with your movie. You can get a coupon online valid for any movie between April 12 and April 15.

Arby's is offering the choice of potato cakes in addition to curly fries. Go to Arby's Facebook page to get a coupon.

Boston Market is running a "Big Rib-bate" special. Two rib meals for $10.40 on Monday, April 15. No coupon needed. This offer includes a 1/4 rack of St. Louis Style BBQ Ribs with mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn and freshly baked cornbread.

Also a repeat promoter, Bruegger's Bagels will offer its Big Bagel Bundle for just $10.40 - a savings of up to $3.50 - April 12 through April 15. The Big Bagel Bundle includes a baker's dozen of Bruegger's bagels and two tubs of Bruegger's made-in-Vermont cream cheese. You'll need a coupon, which you can download from Bruegger's Facebook page.

Chili's will have a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an adult entree April 15 through April 18. The coupon will be made available on its Facebook page. You can print the coupon or show it to your server via smart phone.

Great American Cookies is sweetening up Tax Day this year by offering customers a free Birthday Cake Cookie (covered in sprinkles) on Monday, April 15 at participating U.S. locations nationwide. One per guest, folks.

Office Depot is letting customers make 25 single-sided black and white copies and offering up to 5 pounds of shredding for free through May 1. No coupon is necessary, and the offer is valid in stores nationwide.

A free phone? That's the offer from ooVoo, the social video chat provider. Their "Tech Refund" works like this: between now and April 15 visit ooVoo.com/Android to select a wireless carrier and preferred phone model. The new Android phone will come to your mailbox, according to ooVoo, just like a refund from the IRS. (Actually, you should really get your refund by direct deposit.) New two-year activation required, and there are other restrictions.

Panda Express is returning to the Tax Day specials, though they seem to have locked in on last year's date: There's a free single serving of its Samurai Surf and Turf at participating locations April 17. Get it with this coupon.

Sonic, the nationwide drive-in franchise, is doing a half-price promotion all day on drinks, iced tea and slushes at participating locations.

Procrastinators with adjusted gross incomes of $57,000 or less can file their federal returns (and some state returns) for free by using the IRS's Free File service. AARP offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income taxpayers of all ages. Search for an AARP Tax-Aide location near you.