Free income tax preparation help available to residents

The Loudoun County Department of Family Services, the Area Agency on Aging and AARP are offering free income tax preparation services to county residents. Certified volunteers will help taxpayers file and process state and federal returns at several locations.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is operated from two sites in Leesburg: the Department of Family Services, Shenandoah Building, 102 Heritage Way; and Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd.

Volunteers will be at Family Services from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Volunteers will be at Rust Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. No appointment is needed at either location, but the services are available only to residents who are declaring income of $51,000 or less.

AARP also offers tax preparation services at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. No appointments are necessary, and there are no income restrictions.

For those filing a joint return, both spouses must be present. Taxpayers must bring photo identification, Social Security cards for all family members and/or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN), along with the necessary documents, such as W-2s, 1099s and last year’s income tax returns, if available.

For other Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites in Northern Virginia, go to www.loudoun.gov/vita or contact Karen Velez at 703-771-5718 or karen.velez@loudoun.gov.

Sports, Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday in Sterling

The Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling will host a Sports, Health and Fitness Expo from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The free event will include exercise and fitness demonstrations and representatives from sports and fitness providers, including paddle boarding, soccer, cross-fit, hockey, golf and outdoor ad­ven­ture suppliers.

Claude Moore Recreation Center is at 46105 Loudoun Park Lane. For information, call 571-258-3600 or e-mail Chris.J.Thomas@loudoun.gov.

Properties available through affordable housing program

Loudoun County has properties for sale through its Affordable Dwelling Unit program.

The program, which is administered by the county Department of Family Services, gives individuals and families a chance to buy a first home directly from builders at a substantially lower price in emerging communities. Applicants must meet income and credit requirements.

For information on eligibility, requirements and the application process, go to www.loudoun.gov/adu or call 703-737-8043.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson