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Tax Day 2011 Freebies

Several companies are offering relief to taxpayers by giving away goodies or offering special deals.

Tax day probably isn't on the top of anyone's list of favorite days. But here's a reason you can actually look forward to April 18 (the deadline for filing your tax return this year): FREEBIES.

Several companies will be offering relief to taxpayers in the form of free treats, food, workouts and massages, and drink and dining specials. "After the stress of filing taxes, everyone deserves a break," says Rick Tasman, chief operating officer of P.F.Chang's, one of the restaurants offering a special deal on tax day. "This is a small way to do something extra for our guests to show our appreciation for their business.”

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Here's a rundown of who is offering what:

Arby's will have a Free Curly FryDay April 15 at participating locations from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to kick off tax weekend. Visit the Arby's Facebook page later this week to print out a coupon for free fries.

Bally Total Fitness is letting anyone work out for free April 18. Members can sign up from April 15 through April 21 for a free 30-minute personal training session. And during that same period, non-members can take advantage of a tax day membership special with a two-year Premier National Access membership for $418, a savings of $61 from the standard price.

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California Tortilla is giving customers free chips and cheese (queso) with a purchase on April 18 because "you have to pay the big cheese."

Chili's has a coupon on its Facebook page for a free appetizer or dessert on April 18.

Cinnabon will offer two free Classic Cinnabon Bites on April 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of its Tax Day Bites promotion.

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DIRECTV is giving subscribers a free trial of HBO and Cinemax April 15 to April 18.

HydroMassage locations nationwide will provide free massages between April 14 and April 18 to help eliminate the stress of tax filing. Get a coupon for a free message at www.hydromassage.com/taxday.htm and call ahead to schedule a session.

IHOP has a kids-eat-free special offer the entire month of April. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., children 12 and younger get one free meal with each paying adult.

MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery will offer a free mini ice cream sundae from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 18. The "Sundae Stimulus” will feature the new Crumb Cake Fundae, which includes cinnamon Hostess® Streusel Cake, cinnamon “Cinamoo” ice cream, caramel sauce, mixed nuts and whipped cream.

McCormick & Schmick's will have tax relief drink specials during its Early Filers Happy Hour on Friday, April 15. On Monday, April 18, McCormick & Schmick’s will host an all-day Tax Relief Procrastinators Celebration, featuring a variety of $10.40 entrée specials (available in the bar only) and tax relief drink specials. For extra tax relief, all guests who make a purchase in the bar during Happy Hour on April 15 and all day on April 18 will receive a $10.40 dining certificate (while supplies last) to use the next time they visit the restaurant.

Office Depot is letting customers make free copies of their tax returns (up to 25 single-sided pages) through April 15.

P.F. Chang's is offering a 15% discount on dine-in and carry-out orders April 18 (alcohol and happy hour items excluded).

Unfortunately, several companies that offered tax-day freebies in the past won't be doing so this year. For example, you won't get a free cup of coffee at Starbucks this year. Subway, Jamba Juice, Dunkin' Donuts, Kimpton Hotels and T.G.I. Friday's won't offer any special deals on tax day, either. The McDonald's corporate office does not have a list yet of its locations that will be offering tax-day specials.

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