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#1. Social security disability will not enable you to get EIC. A $100 stipend for work performed would enable you to receive $10 of Earned Income Credit. However, the cost for preparing the return would exceed this unless you prepared the return yourself. Forms and instructions can be found at www.irs.gov under prior year, 2010. The return would need to be mailed in. Since you did not get a 1099 for the $100, the IRS may deny the earned income credit and ask for proof of payment of the $100.
#2. If you never deducted the $2000 you put into the IRA, and you have no other IRAs, then you do have a $1000 loss. However, if your only income is SS disability, then the $1000 loss will not be of any benefit to you, since you have no taxable income.
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