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What types of income count under the earnings test?
The following types of earnings count for earnings test purposes:
All wages for employment covered by Social Security (see Chapter 13);
Domestic work in a private home; and
Service not in the course of the employer's trade or business;
All pay, cash and non-cash, for work as a homeworker or for a nonprofit organization whether or not the $100 per year test is met (see §931);
Cash tips that equal or exceed $20 a month (see §1329);
All pay for work not covered by Social Security, if the work is done in the U.S., including pay for:
Work by students, student nurses, interns, newspaper and magazine vendors;
Work for Federal or State or foreign governments or instrumentalities; and
Work covered by the Railroad Retirement Act; and
All net earnings from self-employment.
Last Revised: March, 2001
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