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Miscellaneous Income Definition

May 25, 2017

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Short Definition
For business purposes, miscellaneous income is a catch-all category which includes varied sources of income not usually thought of as revenue. Examples include money received for Jury Duty, Hobby Income and Gambling Winnings.

Expanded Definition
Some forms of income are challenging to classify when recording business transactions. Miscellaneous income includes a broad group of accounts including bartering (where no money changes hands), endowment contract proceeds, and cancelled debt.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) even mandates illegal income be reported using this category.

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