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U.S. Expatriates Can Claim Foreign Tax Credit Filing Form 1116

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What Is Form 1116 And Who Needs To File It?

When talking about US taxes and taxation of US citizens who live abroad, you may have heard of Foreign Tax Credit and the possibility to offset the US tax owing by using the taxes paid to another country. That way you can narrow the tax owing down to zero!

Most of the US international tax experts prefer claiming Foreign Tax Credit (Form 1116) on client’s U.S. tax return rather than preparing form 2555 (Foreign Earned Income Exclusion), since it is more beneficial. Read further to learn why FTC is a better way to save money on your US expat taxes.

Here are 5 quick facts about IRS Form 1116 and US tax returns:

  1. You claim Foreign Tax Credit on your US expat taxes by filing Form 1116
  2. You attach this form to a Form 1040, your individual US tax return
  3. The credit reduces your US tax liability on expat income dollar for dollar
  4. You cannot take Foreign Tax Credit against income which you have previously excluded by the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
  5. And you can’t receive a refund of foreign taxes paid through your US tax return

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Expat Guide To Foreign Tax Credit Carryover

As an expat, no matter where you live and work, your US and foreign income is subject to IRS taxes. The fact that the majority of countries around the world also require you to file and pay tax locally makes the matter even more complex. In order to avoid double taxation, the US allows you to take a Foreign Tax Credit based on the foreign taxes you pay to your resident country. The Foreign Tax Credit is subtracted directly from your US income tax. However, if you cannot claim the full credit amount, you are allowed a carryover. Carryovers do expire, though, so read on to find out how best to utilize this savings! Read more

Do Tax Treaties Protect Expats From Double Taxation?

American citizens and green card holders, including people who have the right to U.S. citizenship, are required to file a federal income tax return each year declaring their worldwide income, wherever in the world they live. They may also have to pay U.S. taxes.

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Canada Is Checking Foreign Tax Credits

It is not uncommon for e-filed returns or paper filed returns that claim a credit for US tax for CRA to request verification.

US tax paid per Canadian withholding slips are not requested because the slips are issued  by a Canadian entity. They are looking to US tax claimed per US reporting slips such as W2s, 1099s, 1042s or from the US 1040/1040NR tax returns. US social security tax and medicare (ie., FICA) is creditable if it relates to US source wages or services performed in the US which is evident  on the W2.

Foreign tax credits claimed in respect of US computed from  the US tax return based on determination of what portion of the tax payable of the return relates to US source income that is creditable is usually supportable by submitting to CRA your schedules and copy of the federal (and state where applicable) return. Recently CRA has Read more

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