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DEFINITION of 'Community Income'

Income earned by taxpayers who live in community property states. Community income is considered to belong equally to both spouses, just as with all other property that is owned or acquired by either spouse during the marriage.

BREAKING DOWN 'Community Income'

Income that is earned by either spouse before or after a marriage is not considered to be community income. Community income is earned in Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

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