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earned income

income from wages, salaries, fees, or the like, accruing from labor or services performed by the earner.
Compare unearned income.
Origin of earned income
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for earned income
  • The exchequer should tax earned income heavily enough to deter one-upmanship, they say.
  • The grim financial future they face without earned income creates even more pressure to remain or return to work.
  • Individuals through grants, loans and earned income should pay for their higher education.
  • Or less than zero, if you count the earned income tax credit for low- and middle-income taxpayers.
  • Lower-income filers can take advantage of the earned income tax credit, which can reduce the tax bill of a single filer.
British Dictionary definitions for earned income

earned income

income derived from paid employment and comprising mainly wages and salaries
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