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Does winnings from the casino count as earned income for my social security?
Gambling proceeds are not considered earned income if you do not report the income a self-employment income. Professional gamblers report gambling as self-employment income in order to deduct travel and other expenses as well as to establish retirement accounts and show the income as a part of an ongoing source of income in order to qualify for bank loans. Recreational gambling income, including lottery winnings, are not considered earned income.

The distinction between earned income and ordinary income is for such issues as earned income tax credit and qualifying for social security benefits.

Almost any source of money, including gambling winnings, is going to be income. The money would be called unearned income in this case. Consult the SSIC office for the publications that can give you all the details.
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