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Tampa Bay tax day freebies, deals ease the pain of filing

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Published:   |   Updated: April 15, 2014 at 09:23 AM

To ease the pain of filing your tax return, some businesses are offering freebies and deals to soften the blow for taxpayers.

Among the offers:

Participating Arby's locations once again offers a free order of curly fries on tax day (April 15) when you present a coupon that is available online. No purchase is necessary but there is a limit of one free order of fries per person.

Participating Pollo Tropical restaurants are offering 15 percent off any purchase on tax day when the customer presents a coupon.

Sonic Drive Ins will offer half-price fountain drinks and slushies all day on April 15 in recognition of their Happy Hour tax day promotion. Find a location at http://www.sonicdrivein.com/

Great American Cookies - Get a free regular chocolate chip cookie - no purchase necessary - on April 15 at participating locations. There are six Bay area locations, in Brandon, Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and two in Lakeland. There is a limit of one cookie per person, while supplies last.

Sonny's BBQ - Get a half-price Sweet & Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed Ribs dinner plate all day on April 15 at participating Tampa Bay Sonny's locations. The offer is good for dine-in only. There are three Tampa locations and one in Brandon.

The Boston Market restaurant chain is offering a “Tax Day Deal Chicken Meal” for weary taxpayers who can't be bothered to make dinner after all the trouble of filing on April 15.

Guests can get two half-chicken individual meals, complete with their choice of two sides and cornbread for just $10.40.

No coupon is required to redeem the deal and is available at all Tampa Bay area locations, including Brandon, Safety Harbor, Tampa and others.

HydroMassage participating Tampa Bay locations are offering a free massage April 14 -18 to ease 'tax day' stress. You'll need to present the coupon to redeem the offer and interested participants are encouraged to call ahead to make sure their preferred location will honor the promotion and secure a scheduled time.

Office Depot is offering free shredding of up to five pounds of paper documents. You have to present the coupon from their website to get the deal, good through April 29.

Wawa is turning 50 and treating customers to free coffee on April 16. Coincidentally, a lot of people will be needing it Wednesday morning because of staying up late to make that midnight filing deadline.

There's a limit of one per customer and excludes hot beverages over 32 ounces and full-service beverages. Location participation varies. For more information and offer restrictions, visit http://wawa.com

Tampa Bay area McDonald's restaurants are taking the strain off customers' wallets with a 'Buy one Big Mac and get one for a penny' deal at participating locations on April 15. No coupon is necessary. The offer also applies to Quarter Pounders with cheese.

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