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My wife is a composer for musical theater who just had a show run in December 2008. The theater is about three weeks behind on sending out her royalty checks (times are tough!), so she'll be receiving checks this week and next for performances that took place in 2008.

My question: does this get reported as 2008 income or 2009? That is, is it when the check is cut or when the performances took place (income was, in effect, "earned"?) that matters?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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