Everyone knows tax season can be brutal so it’s always good to hear when firms are offering ways to lighten the load.

Crowe Horwath, for one, offers complimentary on-site babysitting on Saturdays in many of its office locations during tax time. According to Kimberly Sass, Crowe’s director of operations services, the program is very popular with the firm’s professionals and their children.

“Kids enjoy the activities planned for them, ranging from arts and crafts to group games and special guests like, local firemen,” Sass said. “Plus, they love the idea of ‘going to work’ with mom or dad.”

Another successful program the firm offers is the Road Warrior Program, which is for individuals who travel overnight more than 30 percent of their scheduled work days. The benefits of this program include a weekend travel program to fly a significant other or friend to their location or the option to fly to a different destination instead of back home; hotel laundry/dry cleaning reimbursement; health club reimbursement; upgraded technology tools and airline club reimbursement.

“My wife has joined me for the weekend when I’ve been at a location for multiple weeks,” said Joshua Lance, a senior staff member in Crowe’s audit and financial advisory group based in Oak Brook, Ill. “It’s great because it makes being out of town and away from family manageable. We get to have a little weekend getaway in places we might not have normally seen.”