Is early withdrawal from 401k considered Earned Income?

Early withdrawal from 401k was my only income.  It is included in AGI.  In the review for Earned Income Credit (EIC) TurboTax says my AGI is above the limit but I didn't think this income should be included in Earned Income.  
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    amounts received from a 401(k) is considered  a distribution and not earned income for purposes of earned income credit
    • pk - your answer is questionable.  How did you arrive at this answer and is it codified anywhere?
    • IRS - What is Earned Income
      http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/What-is-Earned-Income%3F

      Earned Income is only income from Wages W2 and a Net Profit from self employment income (not a loss).
    • Since distributions from Retirement savings are included as part of AGI (line 37) then it would follow that for purposes of the EIC these distributions are considered Earned Income.  There does not seem to be a way to segregate these distributions to avoid them from impacting the maximum threshold to be eligible to take that credit.
    • No.  AGI and Earned Income are 2 different things.  Both your AGI AND Earned Income (separately) have to be less than the EIC table.
    • Of course they are.  But that's irrelevant to the discussion here.
    • But you said "for purposes of the EIC these distributions are considered Earned Income"  which is wrong.  They are not considered Earned Income, they are just part of the AGI.
    • Fine.  But, I ask you, what is the first income condition you must meet?  See page 25 of Pub. 596.  What am I missing here?
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    Both your Earned Income AND AGI has to be under the max amounts for EIC.  AGI is all your taxable income including investments and retirement withdrawals
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