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What is earned income?
Earned income is:
Wages paid or constructively paid (as defined in §1302) for services you perform as an employee;
Net earnings from self-employment estimated for a current year on the basis of volume of business, past experience, etc.;
Payments for participating in a sheltered workshop or work activities center program;
Sickness or temporary disability payments received within the first six months of stopping work; and
Royalties you earned in connection with any publication of your work and any honoraria received for your services.
Earned income may be paid in cash or in-kind. If it is in-kind, its full current market value is the amount used to determine your countable income.
Last Revised: March, 2001
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