Taxpayers may have to wait a bit for their economic stimulus payments, but there is instant Tax-Day gratification today at the many Dunkin' Donuts that are handing out what the chain describes as a "tasty tax loophole" - a free doughnut.
At participating stores nationwide, the Canton coffee-and-baked-goods chain is offering a free doughnut with the purchase of any size cup of Dunkin' Donuts hot coffee, but the complimentary sinker deal is good for one day only - April 15, Tax Day.
(At left, a breakfast scientist prepares doughnuts in Dunkin's test kitchen.)
"We hope that Dunkin' Donuts can make Tax Day a little more palatable for tax filers and coffee lovers by offering them a delicious free doughnut," Frances Allen, the chain's brand marketing officer, said in a statement."
Dunkin' Donuts may be paying some taxes of its own. In 2007, the chain reported global system-wide sales of $5.3 billion.
Dunkin' wasn't alone in offering Tax Day promotions. Staples Inc. of Framingham and office-supply rival Office Depot Inc. will copy tax forms free today.
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff, and Stephanie Peters, Globe correspondent.)