Income averaging is allowed for farmers and commerical fisherman (Pub 225). Other forms of averaging related to self-employment were repealed in 1986. Refer to Tax Topic 412 - Lump Sum Distributions (2011) for a related discussion concerning one-time distributions from a qualified retirement plan.
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