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It seems that my income from the grant will not count.

Her income of $9000 plus some sales of $2500 will count after expenses and self-employment tax right?

What if I buy $8000 worth of her work? Would that count as earned income for her? Since we are married filing jointly then the income would count for both of us right?

Last question, if she deducts legitimate expenses from the $8000 then it won't count towards the earned income threshold and all my thinking is moot right?j

I just want to contribute any way I can for 2008 but am just about out of ideas and will have to call my brokerage.

Thanks for the help and I welcome any other ideas that you might have.
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