There is a very good reason that taxes are due on April 18th, not April 15th this year. That’s because tax deadlines are pushed back a business day if April 15th falls on a weekend, a federal holiday, or a holiday celebrated in Washington, D.C.
And April 15th this year is Emancipation Day in our nation’s capital. It’s usually celebrated on April 16th, but since it falls on a Saturday, it’s being observed on April 15th, the usual day for filing taxes. If you live in Maine or Massachusetts you get an additional extension to April 19th because April 18th is Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord.
This means most Americans have a few extra days to file their 2015 tax returns. On the 18th this year, many franchise brands will take time to mark this day with special discounts give-aways and promotions to ease the pain associated with this most “infamous” of holidays.
Here are 11 Tax Day Deals you can enjoy on Monday the 18th.
Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa - Receive a “1040 EZ Upgrade,” which includes a hot towel hand or foot massage, peppermint scalp massage, or mini cold stone face massage for only $10.40 extra on a one-hour massage or facial. Great American Cookies - In celebration of Tax Day, the national cookie company will be giving away one free original chocolate chip cookie to customers that stop in. Outback Steakhouse - Whether you’re craving a big juicy steak or that famous blooming onion after finishing your taxes, you can head down under for the day and get 15 percent off your check. Schlotzsky’s - Is giving customers a free small original sandwich when they purchase a 32-oz drink and a bag of chips on April 18th. Social media mavens rejoice! Upload a photo of your free sandwich on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with #TaxDayBites and you could win various additional freebies. Chili’s - Knows what customers are really craving once they finish doing their taxes—a drink! Get a $5 Presidente Margarita (or two) on the 18th to forget about any tax preparation procrastination that may have occurred. Hard Rock Cafe - If you are brave and bold enough to pick up the mic in Times Square, you can participate in the Hard Rock Café’s Sing for Your Supper promotion. From 5-7pm on Tax Day, anyone that sings karaoke outside the restaurant in NYC will receive a free burger that will otherwise cost you $17.95. McDonald's - At participating McDonalds in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, customers who buy a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder can receive a second one for only 18¢. What’s more American than Tax Day freebies at the Golden Arches? Cinnabon - Is offering a seriously sweet deal for Tax Day by giving each customers two Cinnabon Bites for free. Don’t miss your chance for a free breakfast--the most important meal of the day, even if it’s all sugar… Noodle & Company - On April 18th, when you buy a regular entrée you can also receive a kid’s meal for free. Your deductibles (or kids) must be present to be eligible for this particular freebie. Sonic - Single-patty cheeseburgers will be half-price on April 18th at the drive-in fast food restaurant to satisfy your hunger on the most taxing day of the year.