U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, joined representatives from First State Community Action Agency and Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corporation Jan. 30 to educate Delawareans on the Earned Income Tax Credit and free tax-preparation services throughout the state.

Jan. 30 is EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites. In 2015, more than 27 million eligible workers and families received more than $67 billion in EITC nationally, with an average EITC amount of about $2,455. In Delaware, 73,000 workers claimed the credit, receiving an average of $2,394.

The EITC is a proven work incentive and valuable tax benefit for lifting low-income individuals and families out of poverty, said Bernice Edwards, executive director of First State Community Action Agency.

Volunteer income tax assistors, greeters, interpreters and refund referral navigators are still needed. For information on volunteering, contact Nehemiah Gateway at 655-0803. For information on EITC and a list of free tax-preparation sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, visit irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep.