April 15 doesn't have to be a day of dread. Even if you're not celebrating a hefty refund, you can take advantage of tax day freebies. And you can always channel your lack of enthusiasm into sarcastic Someecards — many of which have a naughty twist. Celebrate finishing your taxes with our favorites . . . unless, of course, you needed to file an extension.
A tax refund provides the perfect excuse to finally treat yourself to that expensive item you've been dreaming of all year. From luxurious products that will leave your body glowing to spa services that will make your stress levels dip, get 10 indulgent ideas for spending your government check when you click through. You deserve it after all that grueling paperwork, after all.
If you're a procrastinator like myself, you may have put off taxes until the very last minute — in which case, your weekend's spent toiling over documents and forms. Make all that paperwork just a little more enjoyable by filing it with a stiff drink in hand (not that we're endorsing drunk tax filing!). Check out a handful of the spiritous drinks we'll be nursing to ease that tax pain.
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Tax Day Deals
- Bruegger's: Download a Facebook coupon for a $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (a baker's dozen of bagels and two containers of cream cheese).
- Chevys: Stop by participating Chevys locations today and have two premium Herradura margaritas for $10.40 — then have the Mexican restaurant pick up the tax on your meal.
- Hooters: Wing it with 20 boneless wings for $9.99.
- McCormick & Schmick's: Enjoy an extended happy hour — complete with special-edition tax-themed cocktails — that lasts through 11 p.m. Bloody Mary tax code, anyone?
- P.F. Chang's: Score a discount of 15 percent off everything, excluding drinks or happy hour menu items.
- Sonic: Half-priced fountain drinks and slushies all day.
To see more deals — including stuff that's entirely free, no purchase required! — keep reading
The tax man is sneaking up; with this year's deadline to file income taxes on Tuesday, April 17, don't spare one second to get your finances in order. If you're in fear of owing money, there may be some deductions you never realized were available just by being your science- and tech-savvy self! Check to see if you qualify for any of the six possible tax breaks below, and include them when you file your taxes.
- Science museum memberships — As a member of a museum, a portion of your membership contribution dollars should be tax deductible. Check with the museum staff to see how much the membership donations can be claimed with Uncle Sam.
- Science education — If you're currently in school there are major tax breaks to be had to offset college costs. There is some upside to cramming all night for the biochem final after all.
- Buy a raffle ticket to space in support of charity — As io9 explains, you can buy a raffle ticket for a suborbital ride with Trans Lunar Research, which is a tax-exempt nonprofit. If you don't win, that gamble can be written off as a charitable contribution; if you do win, the value of the journey would need to be reported to the IRS as income.
- Computer costs — Had to buy a computer for use in your everyday work life? If that computer is a requirement of your company, then its value can be added to your list of tax deductions.
- Science or technology magazines — In any career you'll want to stay up to date with the happenings of your field, and IRS-approved tax deductions on relevant magazines in your industry make it that much easier to do so. Lucky you for getting to keep up with the world of science in and out of the office!
- Volunteering at your child's science fair — Just kidding, as far as we know taking an interest in your kid's school science programs won't affect Tax Day, but just having a child will earn you a tax credit.
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Time passes by really quickly, and before you know it, Tax Day will be upon you. Don't let it creep up and surprise you — try to set aside some time now to get started on your taxes. This year, 2011 tax returns will be due on April 17 instead of April 15. Remember, the later date doesn't mean more leeway to procrastinate!
Just to make sure you won't feel enormously rushed when April comes around, set a date and mark your calendar to make some time for your taxes this month or the next. Don't let the April panic get the best of you — the early bird gets the worm!
Federal and state income tax deadline — the season's most dreaded day — is almost here, and this year, it's doesn't fall on the date April 15, thanks to a Washington, DC holiday. Whether you got a big fat paycheck or have to pay Uncle Sam a little extra this time around, the one sure bet to look forward to is a bevy of bargains on food and drink (and many of them available on both Friday and Monday). Want to get your deal on? Check out Springtime's top restaurant tax relief.
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It's always exciting to receive a check from Uncle Sam come tax season. Like Savvy, I try to save some of my refund and pay off debt. I also invest the money too, and I'm not just talking stocks and bonds. If you've got a little extra money this year, use it toward your health. It's a worthwhile investment that definitely keeps on giving back to you. Here are a few healthy ways you can start spending that tax refund.
- Enroll in a new fitness class. Maybe there's a new fitness trend you've been dying to try, or a healthy vacation you've been meaning to take. Why not put those tax dollars to use? Make your money stretch even further by using collective-buying sites.
- Get a physical exam. Going to the doctor can be pricey, even with insurance. But at the risk of sounding like a nagging mom, let me say that you shouldn't ignore your health. Go in for an annual physical, eye exam, or make a dentist appointment.
To see more ways to invest in your health, read more
Well, guys, it's tax day. Maybe you took my advice a couple of weeks back and banged out your returns while watching some money-themed movies. But, if not, then you might want to pull out your headphones and listen to these songs about money while you stare at your 1040.
If you're getting a big refund, I've got songs about the things you can buy with money ("Material Girl," "If I Had a Million Dollars"). If you end up owing the IRS, you can take comfort in the songs about things that are more important than money ("Danny's Song.") And if things are just looking really bleak, you can turn to the Spinal Tap guys as they cry, "Give Me Some Money"!
To this list, you might also want to add some classic Beatles songs like "Can't Buy Me Love" and especially "Taxman." What other money songs would you rock out to on tax day? To check out my playlist, just read more