Definition of earned income in English:

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earned income

noun

Money derived from paid work. Often contrasted with unearned income.
Example sentences
  • Most wealthy Americans make the majority of their money off of capital gains, not earned income.
  • Reducing your expenses is a more efficient way to save than trying to earn more money, because earned income is subject to federal and state taxes.
  • If your child has earned income, filing a tax return will create room for Registered Retirement Savings Plan contribution.

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Syllabification: earned in·come

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