Loudoun County news in brief

January 23, 2013
Free tax services available to those with qualifying incomes

Loudoun County taxpayers earning less than $51,000 a year are eligible for free tax preparation services through the county’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Certified IRS volunteers provide one-on-one assistance to customers on a walk-in basis. Free tax services will be available through April 15 at four sites in Loudoun. All returns are filed electronically.

If a couple file a joint return, both spouses must go to the tax site.

Taxpayers must have the following items with them:→

→Photo ID for the taxpayer (and spouse, if filing jointly).

→Social Security cards or ITIN letters and birthdates for the taxpayer, spouse and all dependents.

→Wage and earnings statements: W-2, W-2G and all Form 1099s received for 2012.

→Unemployment compensation, Form 1099G.

→Interest and dividend statements.

→Child-care expenses paid in 2012 and the child care provider’s name, address and federal ID number.

→Records of tuition, book purchases and/or student loan payments, Form 1098-E.

→A copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns, if available.

→A check or a deposit slip for direct deposit.

→Records of any sales tax paid on new vehicles purchased in 2012.

→Records of any real estate taxes and mortgage interest payments made in 2012.

→Records of any Economic Recovery Payment received from the Social Security Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board or the Veterans Administration.

Free assistance will be available at the following Loudoun sites:

Loudoun County Family Services, Workforce Resource Center: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 29 through April 13. The Workforce Resource Center is on the first floor of the Shenandoah Building, 102 Heritage Way (enter at the back of the building), Leesburg. Yearly wages are limited to $51,000 and less. No appointments are needed.

Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging, Rust Library: Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 11 through April 12. The library is at 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Wages are limited to $51,000 and less; no appointments are necessary.

Cascades Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m., Feb. 5 through April 15. Service is available to all wage earners or retirees; there is no income eligibility. Cascades Library is at 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. No appointments are needed.

Falcons Landing: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Feb. 2 through April 15. Service is available to all wage earners or retirees; there is no income eligibility. Appointments are needed; to schedule one, call 703-404-5216. Falcons Landing is at Algonkian Parkway and Potomac View Road in Sterling.

Other sites in Northern Virginia are listed at www.nvacash.org. For information, contact Karen Velez at 703-771-5718 or karen.velez@loudoun.gov.

Loudoun launches toolto help small businesses

Start-ups, small-business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to a kickoff event for Loudoun SourceLink, an online tool that matches entrepreneurs to resources that can help small businesses grow, county officials said in a statement.

“Grow Smarter,” hosted by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Exploration Hall Atrium on the Loudoun campus of George Washington University, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn.

Orbital President and chief executive David Thompson will be the keynote speaker and will discuss how the Loudoun-based aerospace company grew from a grad school project to a $1.4 billion corporation.

“We strongly encourage anyone who has launched a small business, or is thinking about starting one, to attend the event and hear the entrepreneurial success story of Orbital Sciences,” Debi Roder, small business and entrepreneur manager for the Loudoun Department of Economic Development, said in the statement.

After Thompson’s presentation, those attending can register for a business license and/or a home occupation permit onsite with the assistance of Loudoun government staff members. Attendees can also meet with Loudoun SourceLink partners in person.

The event is free, but space is limited. Those wanting to attend must register at www.growsmarter.eventbrite.com.

Loudoun auctioning excavator, wheel loader

Loudoun County’s latest online auction of surplus goods includes two pieces of heavy-construction equipment: a 1993 Caterpillar 325 Excavator and a 2001 Caterpillar 928G Wheel Loader, county officials said in a statement.

Information, including a photo gallery for each machine, is at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home. The online auction will end at 1 p.m. Feb. 14.

Loudoun sells selected items online through Public Surplus, which was created for public agencies. Anyone interested in bidding on the items must be registered with www.publicsurplus.com. Registration is free. Bidders are not charged a fee to use the service.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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