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Taxes on combined income. New rules apply in determining who is considered to pay a foreign income tax when the tax is imposed on the combined income of two or more persons (for example, husband and wife). The new rules apply to foreign taxes paid or accrued in tax years beginning after February 14, 2012. However, you can choose to apply the new rules to foreign taxes paid or accrued in tax years beginning after December 31, 2010, and before February 15, 2012. See Combined income under You Must Have Paid or Accrued the Tax later.
Boycotting countries. Iraq has been added to the list of boycotting countries. See Taxes From International Boycott Operations later.
Future developments. For the latest information about developments related to Pub. 514, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www.irs.gov/pub514.
Alternative minimum tax. In addition to your regular income tax, you may be liable for the alternative minimum tax. A foreign tax credit may be allowed in figuring this tax. See the instructions for Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals, for a discussion of the alternative minimum tax foreign tax credit.
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If you paid or accrued foreign taxes to a foreign country on foreign source income and are subject to U.S. tax on the same income, you may be able to take either a credit or an itemized deduction for those taxes. Taken as a deduction, foreign income taxes reduce your U.S. taxable income. Taken as a credit, foreign income taxes reduce your U.S. tax liability.
In most cases, it is to your advantage to take foreign income taxes as a tax credit. The major scope of this publication is the foreign tax credit.
The publication discusses:
How to choose to take the credit or the deduction,
Who can take the credit,
What foreign taxes qualify for the credit,
How to figure the credit, and
How to carry over unused foreign taxes to other tax years.
Unless you qualify for exemption from the foreign tax credit limit, you claim the credit by filing Form 1116 with your U.S. income tax return. Two examples with filled-in Forms 1116 are provided at the end of this publication.
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519 U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
570 Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U.S. Possessions
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