April 15th, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Tax tips and treats

Time is running out for those who still haven’t filed their tax returns, but the procrastinators need not panic! Here are useful links to getting it done, and then some deals to make it cheaper to celebrate - until you get that refund.

Anticipating that a large portion of Americans will put off till tomorrow what they can do today, the Internal Revenue Service offers helpful last-minute tips on its site.

IRS.gov also offers a number of payment options.

Or maybe you really do need the extra time to get your forms and receipts in order, in which case, you’ll want to file for an application for an extension [PDF].

Looking for write-offs? CNNMoney.com has 12 ways to cut your taxes.

There are also tax goodies for job seekers and write-offs for small business owners.

And then there’s the popular first-time homebuyers tax credit, which expires at the end of the month

The Wall Street Journal reports on the little-known ways to use energy credits to trim your taxes.

Of course, no tax season would be complete without tax scams. Make sure you don’t fall prey to the plethora of phishing scams, abusive offshore schemes or the odd slavery reparation scam by reading up on how to identify them on IRS.gov. And, if you think you’ve been targeted, you can report them here.

Even if you miss the deadline, some tax consultants say there’s no need to worry.

Whether you’re rushing to the post office or patting yourself on the back for getting your taxes done in time, restaurants, you can treat yourself to a number of tax day deals and freebies at restaurants and fast-food chains nationwide.

Starbucks locations nationwide are offering a free brewed coffee if you bring in your reusable travel mug.

For the epicurean adventurer, MaggieMoo’s is giving away free samples of its new MaggieMia’s Ice Cream Pizza - “The Pizza that Melts in Your Mouth” - from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at participating locations.

In another pairing a bit more expected, Cinnabon says is giving away two samples of cupcake bites to make the day “less taxing.”

McDonalds customers in Atlanta can get buy a Southern Style Chicken Biscuit or Sandwich and get the second one free.

In Tampa Bay, customers can buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese and get one more of the same for only a penny.

Continuing upmarket, BLT steakhouses across the nation help take the stress out of Tax Day with half off of all alcoholic beverages. Yes, that means all cocktails, beer, wines by the glass and bottles of wine, all day long, according to the steakhouse’s Web site.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. is treating guests nationwide to a 15 percent discount off the entire bill.

Seafood restaurant McCormick and Schmick’s is recognizing tax payers and tax preparers alike on Thursday and Friday with $10.40 dinner and drink specials that come with a $10.40 tax relief certificate for every bar customer.

At Boston Markets across the country, it’s buy one invididual plate and get another one free.

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  1. Melissa

    Taco Del Mar is also offering free tacos today, because "Taxes $uck. Tacos Don't!"

    April 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |