troubleshooting Question

LINQ Entity Query Return Null Subtract Error?

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I have a simple LINQ Entiry query which returns null because NO table rows exist yet. I would like a more elegant code instead of the one I currently have working. Help.

var incomes = (from i in context.Incomes
                           where i.UserID == 101
                           group i by i.UserID into g
                           select new { Total = g.Sum(s => s.Amount) }).FirstOrDefault();

decimal incomesTotal = 0;
if (incomes != null)
    incomesTotal = incomes.Total;

MyViewModel model = new MyViewModel
    // totalDiff = (decimal?)incomes.Total ?? 0 - budget.Total,   // Not Working Solution

    totalDiff = incomesTotal - budget.Total
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