The bad news is that you've paid your taxes and your wallet's almost empty. The good news is local businesses and national chains are offering financial relief with a range of Tax Day deals.
Reminder: Tax Day is April 18 this year for most states instead of the traditional April 15 date. This delay is because the Internal Revenue Service recognizes Emancipation Day, observed by the District of Columbia on April 15. The filing deadline is Monday. (Maine and Massachusetts residents have an April 19 deadline due to their official observance of Patriots Day on April 18.)
>>World of Beer taverns are offering patrons a free beer this Tax Day. Stop by anytime throughout the day for a cold one on the house. There’s a World of Beer location in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square. Information: WorldofBeer.com.
>>Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection and AARP Connecticut hold Shred Fest on Sunday, April 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the state parking lot at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Oak St. in Hartford. The public is invited to bring up to two grocery bags/banker's boxes of documents to be shredded at no charge. (AARP membership not required.)
>>In honor of Tax Day, Boston Market is offering a Half Chicken Individual Meal with 2 sides, cornbread, regular fountain drink and a cookie for $10.40, no coupon required, while supplies last. Information: bostonmarket.com.
>>Through April 23, Office Depot/Office Max stores will shred five pounds of documents for free. Download a coupon for the service at OfficeDepot.com/tax.
>>Bruegger's Bagels eClub members get a coupon for Big Bagel Bundle for $10.40. The Big Bagel Bundle includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese. Sign up online at brueggers.com.
>>Angelico's Lake House, 81 N. Main St. in East Hampton, holds a Tax Amnesty Party with dinner specials that include "The Marital Deduction," "The Gift Tax" and "The Refund." Customers get 15 percent off their dinner check. Information: 860-267-1276 or angelicoslakehouse.com.
>>Get 15 percent off your bill at Outback Steakhouse. To get a coupon, go to outback.com and sign up for emails or download Outback's mobile payment app.
>>Staples will shred up to five pounds of documents free on Monday, April 18, no coupon needed. Information: staples.com.
>>Get half-price, single-patty cheeseburgers at participating Sonic Drive-Ins on Tax Day. Information: sonicdrivein.com.
>>Wish your friends many happy "returns" with free Tax Day e-cards at 123greetings.com.
>>Online retailer Zazzle.com is offering a 40 percent discount on 10 items, including business cards, mugs and mousepads. Shop from Wednesday to Friday, April 13 to 15, and enter the code "ZAZTAXSAVING" at checkout.
Shoulders a little tight after writing that check? Participating HydroMassage locations are offering free massages. To schedule a massage, print out a coupon at hydromassage.com/taxday.cfm and call to schedule an appointment.