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I recently earned a small amount of money for cleaning the carpets at a local office ($100) and painting a rental house owned by a relative ($120).

I am unsure how to report these on next year's return. Searching through various IRS pubs yielded no definitive answer. From what I've seen, my options might include:

Carpet cleaning:
a) Self Employment income
b) Miscellaneous income (doesn't meet the $600 requirement for 1099-MISC, so none was issued, might be able to get them to fill one out anyway)
c) Regular wages (though a W-2 was refused, so that puts a stop to this)

House painting
a) SE income
b) Miscellaneous income

I'd like to place these earnings in a Roth IRA, as they are my only earned income so far this year (I'm 16). Just want to make sure I have all the bases covered as far as reporting and eligibility are concerned. I would hate to have them ruled as excess contributions later down the road.

Miscellaneous income seems to be the best choice, as I'm not regularly employed as a carpet cleaner or painter. However, without 1099-MISC's, I'm a little leery of doing this. Also, can income reported as "miscellaneous" be counted towards an IRA contribution?
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