For the 12th year the D.C. Tax and Financial Services Fair will offer D.C. residents help in preparing their 2011 tax returns as well as financial guidance and advice from tax professionals, federal and city tax officials and a taxpayer advocate Feb. 25.

The tax fair, organized by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), provides free tax return preparation assistance for D.C. residents who are not self-employed or receive income from rental property or small business corporations.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.

In addition to 40 tax preparation stations to help those filing basic tax returns, tax preparation services, and city residents will have access to advice about eligibility for the city’s renewed $5,000 D.C. homebuyer tax credit and the federal tax credit for education spending as well as access to the federal taxpayer advocate for Internal Revenue Service assistance for financially distressed tax payers.

Participants are asked to bring a photo id, their W-2, IRS Forms 1098 and 1099, a list of itemized deductions, 2009 tax returns, home purchase settlement statements, and a blank check for direct deposit. Testing for HIV/AIDS will also be available, as at all Norton events.