Crunch time: hope not lost for late tax filers on deadline day

Tax Day Specials in South Florida

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April 17 is the deadline to file your 2017 income taxes! Pre-filled tax returns also are likely to involve fewer errors than self-prepared returns, recouping more of the "tax gap" - the difference between the amount of taxes owed by taxpayers and what the IRS actually collects every year.

Tax day isn't fun for anyone, but in recent years, local and national businesses have taken advantage of the anti-holiday to offer specials and deals to help relieve stress. And while we can't furnish you a "Get Out of Jail Free" card, we can at least get you cheap hooch and a free cookie.

A warning: Even with a payment plan, you'll continue to see interest and some penalties accrue on your balance owed until you've paid off what you owe. Staples is also offering a coupon for one pound of document shredding to be used by April 21.

"So, certainly if you get a call that you feel suspicious just say ok, I'll reach back to you, hang up and dial the IRS directly". Get a free Pizookie with a minimum $9.95 food purchase Wednesday.

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"Some of the deals are general freebies, while other restaurants and retailers are offering discount prices, reflecting the "stats and numbers" reminiscent of Tax Season - like Boston Market's deal for a $10.40 meal special, playing up the Form 1040 reference".

Chuck E. Cheese's: Tuesday through Thursday, buy one large cheese pizza, get one large cheese pizza free.

Cici's Pizza: $4.17 Adult Buffet with the coupon from their Facebook page.

Firehouse Subs: Get a free medium sub with purchase of a full-priced medium or large sub, chips and drink.

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If you're a procrastinator, Hardee's is giving you a reason to get started early: Free sausage biscuits from 7 to 10 a.m.

Planet Fitness: Free massage at participating HydroMassage locations through April 21. The promotion began on April 1 and is available only for dine-in customers. This is for online, carry-out orders only.

P.F. Chang's: 15% off takeout via code TAXDAY.

Sonic Drive-In: Get cheeseburgers for half-price all day long Tuesday.

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This annual ritual could be completely avoided for half of tax filers or more, if the government would simply use the information it already has and automatically prefill their returns for them.

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