earned income

Definition

Compensation from participation in a business, including wages, salary, tips, commissions and bonuses. opposite of unearned income.

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I had a lot of earned income and it made me and my family very happy, because I had put a lot of work into my company.

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You children need to thank your father every day, it is because of how hard he is always working and all the earned income he has that you have nice things.

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While most Americans report the vast majority of their compensation in their taxes as earned income derived from wages or salary, some wealthy Americans report more unearned income (e.g. stocks, bonds, etc.) in their tax filings.

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