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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?

Assuming she's on a cash basis, it's 2009 income. Since it's likely she'd know the answer if she were on an accrual basis, it's likely she's cash basis.

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