Earned Income Definition

Earned income is the funds you collect from your employer or your own business for work done.

Earned Income Extended Definition
The IRS is specific about the money that is considered earned income (e.g., wages, salary, bonuses, commissions, etc.) and the money that is considered unearned income (e.g., dividends, unemployment benefits, etc.).

The distinction between earned and unearned income becomes important when applying for earned income tax credit (EITC or EIC).

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Dianna Maze | Apr 11, 2023

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