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IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) are your source for personal tax help when you believe your tax issue can only be handled face-to-face. No appointment is necessary.

Keep in mind, many questions can be resolved online without waiting in line. Through IRS.gov you can:
• Set up a payment plan.
• Get a transcript of your tax return.
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• Check on your refund.
• Find answers to many of your tax questions.

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Caution:  Many of our offices are located in Federal Office Buildings. These buildings may not allow visitors to bring in cell phones with camera capabilities.

Multilingual assistance is available in every office. Hours of operation are subject to change.

Before visiting your local office click on "Services Provided" in the chart below to see what services are available. Services are limited and not all services are available at every TAC office and may vary from site to site. You can get these services on a walk-in basis.

City Street Address Days/Hours of Service Telephone*
Abilene 341 Pine St.,
Rm. 2301
Abilene, TX 79601

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(325) 676-5709
Amarillo 7201 W. Interstate 40
Ste. 105
Amarillo, TX 79106

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

Services Provided

(806) 359-2160

Austin 825 E. Rundberg Ln.
Austin, TX 78753

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(512) 499-5127
Beaumont 350 Pine St.
Beaumont, TX 77701

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:00 noon -1:00 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(409) 981-5760
Corpus Christi 555 N. Carancahua St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

Services Provided

(361) 903-1919
Dallas 1100 Commerce St.,
Rm. 121
Dallas, TX 75242

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(214) 413-6010
El Paso 700 E. San Antonio
El Paso, TX 79901

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(915) 834-6508
Farmers Branch  4050 Alpha Rd.,
Rm. 170
Farmers Branch, TX 75244 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

 (214) 413-6010  
Ft. Worth  819 Taylor St.,
Rm. 6A14
Ft. Worth, TX
76102 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(817) 978-3477 
Harlingen  1810 Hale Ave.
Harlingen, TX 78550 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

Services Provided

(956) 365-5185 
Houston
(Downtown) 
1919 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77002 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(281) 721-7021 
Houston (NW)  12941 I45 N
Houston, TX 77060 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(281) 721-7021 
Houston (SE)  8876 I45 S
Houston, TX 77017 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(281) 721-7021 
Houston (SW)  8701 S. Gessner
Houston, TX 77074 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(281) 721-7021 
Longview   1800 NW Loop 281
Longview, TX 75604 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.)

 

**This office will be closed 3/31**

 

Services Provided

(903) 297-3142 
Lubbock  1205 Texas Ave.,
Rm. 406
Lubbock, TX 79401 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(806) 472-7582 
Midland  1004 N. Big Spring
Midland, TX 79701 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(432) 686-9977 
San Angelo  33 E. Twohig
San Angelo, TX 76903 

Tuesday - 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Thursday - 8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(325) 653-0082 
San Antonio  8626 Tesoro Dr. 
San Antonio, TX 78217 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(210) 841-2090 
Texarkana  500 N. Stateline St.
Texarkana, TX 75501 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(903) 794-8214 
Tyler 

909 ESE Loop 323, 
Rm. 300
Tyler, TX  75701 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(903) 561-2732 
Waco  6801 Sanger Ave.,
Ste. 1000
Waco, TX 76710 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.) 

 

Services Provided

(254) 741-2312 
Wichita Falls  4309 Jacksboro Hwy.
Wichita Falls, TX 76302 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(940) 766-6317 

* Note: The phone numbers in the chart above are not toll-free for all locations. When you call, you will reach a recorded business message with information about office hours, locations and services provided in that office. If face-to-face assistance is not a priority for you, you may also get help with IRS letters or resolve tax account issues by phone, toll free at 1-800-829-1040 (individuals) or 1-800-829-4933 (businesses).
 

For information on where to file your tax return please see Where to File Addresses.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service: Within Texas call:

 Austin  (512) 499-5875
 Dallas  (214) 413-6500
 Houston  (713) 209-3660

 Call 1-877-777-4778 elsewhere, or see Publication 1546, The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS.

For further information, see Tax Topic 104.

Partnerships

IRS and organizations all over the country are partnering to assist taxpayers. Through these partnerships, organizations are also achieving their own goals. These mutually beneficial partnerships are strengthening outreach efforts and bringing education and assistance to millions.

For more information about these programs for individuals and families, contact the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication Offices at:

Internal Revenue Service
300 E. 8th St., Stop; 6610 AUS
Room 478
Austin, TX 78701

Internal Revenue Service
8700 Tesoro Drive
Stop 6610 SANC
San Antonio, TX 78217

Internal Revenue Service
700 E. San Antonio, Rm C-101 MC
6610 ELP'
El Paso, TX 79901

Internal Revenue Service
1205 Texas Ave., MC 4208 LUB
Lubbock, TX 79410

Internal Revenue Service
1100 Commerce St.
MC 6610 DAL/Rm 1021 
Dallas, TX 75424

Internal Revenue Service
8701 S. Gesner, Stop 6610-Hal
Houston, TX 77074

For more information about these programs for businesses, your local Stakeholder Liaison office establishes relationships with organizations representing small business and self-employed taxpayers. They provide information about the policies, practices and procedures the IRS uses to ensure compliance with the tax laws. To establish a relationship with us, use this list to find a contact in your state:

Stakeholder Liaison (SL) Phone Numbers for Organizations Representing Small Businesses and Self-employed Taxpayers.

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allowed because it provides support for acts of international terrorism, or because the United States does not have or does not conduct diplomatic relations with it or recognize its government and that government is not otherwise eligible to purchase defense articles or services under the Arms Export Control Act, You paid withholding tax on dividends from foreign corporations whose stock you did not hold for the required period of time, You paid withholding tax on income or gain (other than dividends) from property you did not hold for the required period of time, You paid withholding tax on income or gain to the extent you had to make related payments on positions in substantially similar or related property, You participated in or cooperated with an international boycott, You paid taxes in connection with the purchase or sale of oil or gas, or You paid or accrued taxes on income or gain in connection with a covered asset acquisition. 1040ez help Covered asset acquisitions include 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qualified foreign tax in the tax year in which you pay it or accrue it, depending on your method of accounting. 1040ez help “Tax year” refers to the tax year for which your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help return is filed, not the tax year for which your foreign return is filed. 1040ez help Accrual method of accounting. 1040ez help   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you can claim the credit only in the year in which you accrue the tax. 1040ez help You are using an accrual method of accounting if you report income when you earn it, rather than when you receive it, and you deduct your expenses when you incur them, rather than when you pay them. 1040ez help   In most cases, foreign taxes accrue when all the events have taken place that fix the amount of the tax and your liability to pay it. 1040ez help Generally, this occurs on the last day of the tax year for which your foreign return is filed. 1040ez help Contesting your foreign tax liability. 1040ez help   If you are contesting your foreign tax liability, you cannot accrue it and take a credit until the amount of foreign tax due is finally determined. 1040ez help However, if you choose to pay the tax liability you are contesting, you can take a credit for the amount you pay before a final determination of foreign tax liability is made. 1040ez help Once your liability is determined, the foreign tax credit is allowable for the year to which the foreign tax relates. 1040ez help If the amount of foreign taxes taken as a credit differs from the final foreign tax liability, you may have to adjust the credit, as discussed later under Foreign Tax Redetermination . 1040ez help You may have to post a bond. 1040ez help   If you claim a credit for taxes accrued but not paid, you may have to post an income tax bond to guarantee your payment of any tax due in the event the amount of foreign tax paid differs from the amount claimed. 1040ez help   The IRS can request this bond at any time without regard to the Time Limit on Tax Assessment discussed later under Carryback and Carryover. 1040ez help Cash method of accounting. 1040ez help   If you use the cash method of accounting, you can choose to take the credit either in the year you pay the tax or in the year you accrue it. 1040ez help You are using the cash method of accounting if you report income in the year you actually or constructively receive it, and deduct expenses in the year you pay them. 1040ez help Choosing to take credit in the year taxes accrue. 1040ez help   Even if you use the cash method of accounting, you can choose to take a credit for foreign taxes in the year they accrue. 1040ez help You make the choice by checking the box in Part II of Form 1116. 1040ez help Once you make that choice, you must follow it in all later years and take a credit for foreign taxes in the year they accrue. 1040ez help   In addition, the choice to take the credit when foreign taxes accrue applies to all foreign taxes qualifying for the credit. 1040ez help You cannot take a credit for some foreign taxes when paid and take a credit for others when accrued. 1040ez help   If you make the choice to take the credit when foreign taxes accrue and pay them in a later year, you cannot claim a deduction for any part of the previously accrued taxes. 1040ez help Credit based on taxes paid in earlier year. 1040ez help   If, in earlier years, you took the credit based on taxes paid, and this year you choose to take the credit based on taxes accrued, you may be able to take the credit this year for taxes from more than one year. 1040ez help Example. 1040ez help Last year you took the credit based on taxes paid. 1040ez help This year you chose to take the credit based on taxes accrued. 1040ez help During the year you paid foreign income taxes owed for last year. 1040ez help You also accrued foreign income taxes for this year that you did not pay by the end of the year. 1040ez help You can base the credit on your return for this year on both last year's taxes that you paid and this year's taxes that you accrued. 1040ez help Foreign Currency and Exchange Rates U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help income tax is imposed on income expressed in U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollars, while in most cases the foreign tax is imposed on income expressed in foreign currency. 1040ez help Therefore, fluctuations in the value of the foreign currency relative to the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar may affect the foreign tax credit. 1040ez help Translating foreign currency into U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollars. 1040ez help   If you receive all or part of your income or pay some or all of your expenses in foreign currency, you must translate the foreign currency into U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollars. 1040ez help How and when you do this depends on your functional currency. 1040ez help In most cases, your functional currency is the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar unless you are required to use the currency of a foreign country. 1040ez help   You must make all federal income tax determinations in your functional currency. 1040ez help The U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar is the functional currency for all taxpayers except some qualified business units. 1040ez help A qualified business unit is a separate and clearly identified unit of a trade or business that maintains separate books and records. 1040ez help Unless you are self-employed, your functional currency is the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar. 1040ez help   Even if you are self-employed and have a qualified business unit, your functional currency is the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar if any of the following apply. 1040ez help You conduct the business primarily in dollars. 1040ez help The principal place of business is located in the United States. 1040ez help You choose to or are required to use the dollar as your functional currency. 1040ez help The business books and records are not kept in the currency of the economic environment in which a significant part of the business activities is conducted. 1040ez help   If your functional currency is the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar, you must immediately translate into dollars all items of income, expense, etc. 1040ez help , that you receive, pay, or accrue in a foreign currency and that will affect computation of your income tax. 1040ez help If there is more than one exchange rate, use the one that most properly reflects your income. 1040ez help In most cases, you can get exchange rates from banks and U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help Embassies. 1040ez help   If your functional currency is not the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar, make all income tax determinations in your functional currency. 1040ez help At the end of the year, translate the results, such as income or loss, into U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollars to report on your income tax return. 1040ez help    For more information, write to: Internal Revenue Service International Section Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725 Rate of exchange for foreign taxes paid. 1040ez help   Use the rate of exchange in effect on the date you paid the foreign taxes to the foreign country unless you meet the exception discussed next. 1040ez help If your tax was withheld in foreign currency, use the rate of exchange in effect for the date on which the tax was withheld. 1040ez help If you make foreign estimated tax payments, you use the rate of exchange in effect for the date on which you made the estimated tax payment. 1040ez help   The exchange rate rules discussed here apply even if the foreign taxes are paid or accrued with respect to a foreign tax credit splitting event (discussed later). 1040ez help Exception. 1040ez help   If you claim the credit for foreign taxes on an accrual basis, in most cases you must use the average exchange rate for the tax year to which the taxes relate. 1040ez help This rule applies to accrued taxes relating to tax years beginning after 1997 and only under the following conditions. 1040ez help The foreign taxes are paid on or after the first day of the tax year to which they relate. 1040ez help The foreign taxes are paid not later than 2 years after the close of the tax year to which they relate. 1040ez help The foreign tax liability is not denominated in an inflationary currency (defined in the Form 1116 instructions). 1040ez help (This condition applies to taxes paid or accrued in tax years beginning after November 6, 2007. 1040ez help )   For all other foreign taxes, you should use the exchange rate in effect on the date you paid them. 1040ez help Election to use exchange rate on date paid. 1040ez help   If you have accrued foreign taxes that you are otherwise required to convert using the average exchange rate, you may elect to use the exchange rate in effect on the date the foreign taxes are paid if the taxes are denominated in a nonfunctional foreign currency. 1040ez help If any of the accrued taxes are unpaid, you must translate them into U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollars using the exchange rate on the last day of the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax year to which those taxes relate. 1040ez help You may make the election for all nonfunctional currency foreign income taxes or only those nonfunctional currency foreign income taxes that are attributable to qualified business units with a U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar functional currency. 1040ez help Once made, the election applies to the tax year for which made and all subsequent tax years unless revoked with the consent of the IRS. 1040ez help The election is available for tax years beginning after 2004. 1040ez help It must be made by the due date (including extensions) for filing the tax return for the first tax year to which the election applies. 1040ez help Make the election by attaching a statement to the applicable tax return. 1040ez help The statement must identify whether the election is made for all foreign taxes or only for foreign taxes attributable to qualified business units with a U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollar functional currency. 1040ez help Foreign Tax Redetermination A foreign tax redetermination is any change in your foreign tax liability that may affect your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help foreign tax credit claimed. 1040ez help The year in which to claim the credit remains the year to which the foreign taxes paid or accrued relate, even if the change in foreign tax liability occurs in a later year. 1040ez help If a foreign tax redetermination occurs, a redetermination of your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability is required if any of the following conditions apply. 1040ez help The accrued taxes when paid differ from the amounts claimed as a credit. 1040ez help The accrued taxes you claimed as a credit in one tax year are not paid within 2 years after the end of that tax year. 1040ez help If this applies to you, you must reduce the credit previously claimed by the amount of the unpaid taxes. 1040ez help You will not be allowed a credit for the unpaid taxes until you pay them. 1040ez help When you pay the accrued taxes, a new foreign tax redetermination occurs and you must translate the taxes into U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help dollars using the exchange rate as of the date they were paid. 1040ez help The foreign tax credit is allowed for the year to which the foreign tax relates. 1040ez help See Rate of exchange for foreign taxes paid , earlier, under Foreign Currency and Exchange Rates. 1040ez help The foreign taxes you paid are refunded in whole or in part. 1040ez help For taxes taken into account when accrued but translated into dollars on the date of payment, the dollar value of the accrued tax differs from the dollar value of the tax paid because of fluctuations in the exchange rate between the date of accrual and the date of payment. 1040ez help However, no redetermination is required if the change in foreign tax liability for each foreign country is solely attributable to exchange rate fluctuations and is less than the smaller of: $10,000, or 2% of the total dollar amount of the foreign tax initially accrued for that foreign country for the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax year. 1040ez help In this case, you must adjust your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax in the tax year in which the accrued foreign taxes are paid. 1040ez help Notice to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of Redetermination You are required to notify the IRS about a foreign tax credit redetermination that affects your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability for each tax year affected by the redetermination. 1040ez help In most cases, you must file Form 1040X, Amended U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help Individual Income Tax Return, with a revised Form 1116 and a statement that contains information sufficient for the IRS to redetermine your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability for the year or years affected. 1040ez help See Contents of statement , later. 1040ez help You are not required to attach Form 1116 for a tax year affected by a redetermination if: The amount of your creditable taxes paid or accrued during the tax year is not more than $300 ($600 if married filing a joint return) as a result of the foreign tax redetermination, and You meet the requirements listed under Exemption from foreign tax credit limit under How To Figure the Credit, later. 1040ez help There are other exceptions to this requirement. 1040ez help They are discussed later under Due date of notification to IRS . 1040ez help Contents of statement. 1040ez help   The statement must include all of the following. 1040ez help Your name, address, and taxpayer identification number. 1040ez help The tax year or years that are affected by the foreign tax redetermination. 1040ez help The date or dates the foreign taxes were accrued, if applicable. 1040ez help The date or dates the foreign taxes were paid. 1040ez help The amount of foreign taxes paid or accrued on each date (in foreign currency) and the exchange rate used to translate each amount. 1040ez help Information sufficient to determine any interest due from or owing to you, including the amount of any interest paid to you by the foreign government and the dates received. 1040ez help   In the case of any foreign taxes that were not paid before the date two years after the close of the tax year to which those taxes relate, you must provide the amount of those taxes in foreign currency and the exchange rate that was used to translate that amount when originally claimed as a credit. 1040ez help   If any foreign tax was refunded in whole or in part, you must provide the date and amount (in foreign currency) of each refund, the exchange rate that was used to translate each amount when originally claimed as a credit, and the exchange rate for the date the refund was received (for purposes of computing foreign currency gain or loss under Internal Revenue Code section 988). 1040ez help Due date of notification to IRS. 1040ez help   If you pay less foreign tax than you originally claimed a credit for, in most cases you must file a notification by the due date (with extensions) of your original return for your tax year in which the foreign tax redetermination occurred. 1040ez help There is no limit on the time the IRS has to redetermine and assess the correct U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax due. 1040ez help If you pay more foreign tax than you originally claimed a credit for, you have 10 years to file a claim for refund of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help taxes. 1040ez help See Time Limit on Refund Claims , later. 1040ez help   Exceptions to this due date are explained in the next two paragraphs. 1040ez help Multiple redeterminations of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability for same tax year. 1040ez help   Where more than one foreign tax redetermination requires a redetermination of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability for the same tax year and those redeterminations occur in the same tax year or within two consecutive tax years, you can file for that tax year one notification (Form 1040X with a Form 1116 and the required statement) that reflects all those tax redeterminations. 1040ez help If you choose to file one notification, the due date for that notification is the due date of the original return (with extensions) for the year in which the first foreign tax redetermination that reduced your foreign tax liability occurred. 1040ez help However, foreign tax redeterminations with respect to the tax year for which a redetermination of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability is required may occur after the due date for providing that notification. 1040ez help In this situation, you may have to file more than one Form 1040X for that tax year. 1040ez help Additional U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax due eliminated by foreign tax credit carryback or carryover. 1040ez help   If a foreign tax redetermination requires a redetermination of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability that would otherwise result in an additional amount of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax due, but the additional tax is eliminated by a carryback or carryover of an unused foreign tax, you do not have to amend your tax return for the year affected by the redetermination. 1040ez help Instead, you can notify the IRS by attaching a statement to the original return for the tax year in which the foreign tax redetermination occurred. 1040ez help You must file the statement by the due date (with extensions) of that return. 1040ez help The statement must show the amount of the unused foreign taxes paid or accrued and a detailed schedule showing the computation of the carryback or carryover (including the amounts carried back or over to the year for which a redetermination on U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability is required). 1040ez help Failure-to-notify penalty. 1040ez help   If you fail to notify the IRS of a foreign tax redetermination and cannot show reasonable cause for the failure, you may have to pay a penalty. 1040ez help   For each month, or part of a month, that the failure continues, you pay a penalty of 5% of the tax due resulting from a redetermination of your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax. 1040ez help This penalty cannot be more than 25% of the tax due. 1040ez help Foreign tax refund. 1040ez help   If you receive a foreign tax refund without interest from the foreign government, you will not have to pay interest on the amount of tax due resulting from the adjustment to your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax for the time before the date of the refund. 1040ez help   However, if you receive a foreign tax refund with interest, you must pay interest to the IRS up to the amount of the interest paid to you by the foreign government. 1040ez help The interest you must pay cannot be more than the interest you would have had to pay on taxes that were unpaid for any other reason for the same period. 1040ez help Interest also is owed from the time you receive a refund until you pay the additional tax due. 1040ez help Foreign tax imposed on foreign refund. 1040ez help   If your foreign tax refund is taxed by the foreign country, you cannot take a separate credit or deduction for this additional foreign tax. 1040ez help However, when you refigure the foreign tax credit taken for the original foreign tax, reduce the amount of the refund by the foreign tax paid on the refund. 1040ez help Example. 1040ez help You paid a foreign income tax of $3,000 in 2011, and received a foreign tax refund of $500 in 2013 on which a foreign tax of $100 was imposed. 1040ez help When you refigure your credit for 2011, you must reduce the $3,000 you paid by $400. 1040ez help Time Limit on Refund Claims You have 10 years to file a claim for refund of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax if you find that you paid or accrued a larger foreign tax than you claimed a credit for. 1040ez help The 10-year period begins the day after the regular due date for filing the return (without extensions) for the year in which the taxes were actually paid or accrued. 1040ez help You have 10 years to file your claim regardless of whether you claim the credit for taxes paid or taxes accrued. 1040ez help The 10-year period applies to claims for refund or credit based on: Fixing math errors in figuring qualified foreign taxes, Reporting qualified foreign taxes not originally reported on the return, or Any other change in the size of the credit (including one caused by correcting the foreign tax credit limit). 1040ez help The special 10-year period also applies to making or changing your choice to claim a deduction or credit for foreign taxes. 1040ez help See Making or Changing Your Choice discussed earlier under Choosing To Take Credit or Deduction. 1040ez help Who Can Take the Credit? U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help citizens, resident aliens, and nonresident aliens who paid foreign income tax and are subject to U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax on foreign source income may be able to take a foreign tax credit. 1040ez help U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help Citizens If you are a U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help citizen, you are taxed by the United States on your worldwide income wherever you live. 1040ez help You are normally entitled to take a credit for foreign taxes you pay or accrue. 1040ez help Resident Aliens If you are a resident alien of the United States, you can take a credit for foreign taxes subject to the same general rules as U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help citizens. 1040ez help If you are a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico for the entire tax year, you also come under the same rules. 1040ez help Usually, you can take a credit only for those foreign taxes imposed on income you actually or constructively received while you had resident alien status. 1040ez help For information on alien status, see Publication 519. 1040ez help Nonresident Aliens If you are a nonresident alien, you cannot take the credit in most cases. 1040ez help However, you may be able to take the credit if: You were a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico during your entire tax year, or You pay or accrue tax to a foreign country or U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possession on income from foreign sources that is effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States. 1040ez help But if you must pay tax to a foreign country or U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possession on income from U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help sources only because you are a citizen or a resident of that country or U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possession, do not use that tax in figuring the amount of your credit. 1040ez help For information on alien status and effectively connected income, see Publication 519. 1040ez help What Foreign Taxes Qualify for the Credit? In most cases, the following four tests must be met for any foreign tax to qualify for the credit. 1040ez help The tax must be imposed on you. 1040ez help You must have paid or accrued the tax. 1040ez help The tax must be the legal and actual foreign tax liability. 1040ez help The tax must be an income tax (or a tax in lieu of an income tax). 1040ez help Certain foreign taxes do not qualify for the credit even if the four tests are met. 1040ez help See Foreign Taxes for Which You Cannot Take a Credit, later. 1040ez help Tax Must Be Imposed on You You can claim a credit only for foreign taxes that are imposed on you by a foreign country or U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possession. 1040ez help For example, a tax that is deducted from your wages is considered to be imposed on you. 1040ez help You cannot shift the right to claim the credit by contract or other means. 1040ez help Foreign country. 1040ez help   A foreign country includes any foreign state and its political subdivisions. 1040ez help Income, war profits, and excess profits taxes paid or accrued to a foreign city or province qualify for the foreign tax credit. 1040ez help U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possessions. 1040ez help   For foreign tax credit purposes, all qualified taxes paid to U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possessions are considered foreign taxes. 1040ez help For this purpose, U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possessions include Puerto Rico and American Samoa. 1040ez help   When the term “foreign country” is used in this publication, it includes U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possessions unless otherwise stated. 1040ez help You Must Have Paid or Accrued the Tax In most cases, you can claim the credit only if you paid or accrued the foreign tax to a foreign country or U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help possession. 1040ez help However, the paragraphs that follow describe some instances in which you can claim the credit even if you did not directly pay or accrue the tax yourself. 1040ez help Joint return. 1040ez help   If you file a joint return, you can claim the credit based on the total foreign income taxes paid or accrued by you and your spouse. 1040ez help Combined income. 1040ez help   If foreign tax is imposed on the combined income of two or more persons (for example, spouses), the tax is allocated among, and considered paid by, these persons on a pro rata basis in proportion to each person's portion of the combined income, as determined under foreign law and Regulations section 1. 1040ez help 901-2(f)(3)(iii). 1040ez help Combined income with respect to each foreign tax that is imposed on a combined basis (and combined income subject to tax exemption or preferential tax rates) is computed separately, and the tax on that combined income is allocated separately. 1040ez help   These rules apply to foreign taxes paid or accrued in tax years beginning after February 14, 2012. 1040ez help 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. 1040ez help For more details, see paragraphs (f) and (h) of Regulations section 1. 1040ez help 901-2. 1040ez help For similar rules applicable to prior tax years, see Regulations section 1. 1040ez help 901-2 (revised as of April 1, 2011). 1040ez help Example. 1040ez help You and your spouse reside in Country X, which imposes income tax on your combined incomes. 1040ez help Both of you use the “u” as your functional currency. 1040ez help Country X apportions tax based on income. 1040ez help You had income of 30,000u and your spouse had income of 20,000u. 1040ez help Your filing status on your U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help income tax return is married filing separately. 1040ez help You can claim only 60% (30,000u/50,000u) of the foreign taxes imposed on your income on your U. 1040ez help S income tax return. 1040ez help Your spouse can claim only 40% (20,000u/50,000u). 1040ez help Partner or S corporation shareholder. 1040ez help   If you are a member of a partnership, or a shareholder in an S corporation, you can claim the credit based on your proportionate share of the foreign income taxes paid or accrued by the partnership or the S corporation. 1040ez help These amounts will be shown on the Schedule K-1 you receive from the partnership or S corporation. 1040ez help However, if you are a shareholder in an S corporation that in turn owns stock in a foreign corporation, you cannot claim a credit for your share of foreign taxes paid by the foreign corporation. 1040ez help Beneficiary. 1040ez help   If you are a beneficiary of an estate or trust, you may be able to claim the credit based on your proportionate share of foreign income taxes paid or accrued by the estate or trust. 1040ez help This amount will be shown on the Schedule K-1 you receive from the estate or trust. 1040ez help However, you must show that the tax was imposed on income of the estate and not on income received by the decedent. 1040ez help Mutual fund shareholder. 1040ez help   If you are a shareholder of a mutual fund or other regulated investment company (RIC), you may be able to claim the credit based on your share of foreign income taxes paid by the fund if it chooses to pass the credit on to its shareholders. 1040ez help You should receive from the mutual fund or other RIC a Form 1099-DIV, or similar statement, showing your share of the foreign income, and your share of the foreign taxes paid. 1040ez help If you do not receive this information, you will need to contact the fund. 1040ez help Controlled foreign corporation shareholder. 1040ez help   If you are a shareholder of a controlled foreign corporation and choose to be taxed at corporate rates on the amount you must include in gross income from that corporation, you can claim the credit based on your share of foreign taxes paid or accrued by the controlled foreign corporation. 1040ez help If you make this election, you must claim the credit by filing Form 1118, Foreign Tax Credit—Corporations. 1040ez help Controlled foreign corporation. 1040ez help   A controlled foreign corporation is a foreign corporation in which U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help shareholders own more than 50% of the voting power or value of the stock. 1040ez help You are considered a U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help shareholder if you own, directly or indirectly, 10% or more of the total voting power of all classes of the foreign corporation's stock. 1040ez help See Internal Revenue Code sections 951(b) and 958(b) for more information. 1040ez help Tax Must Be the Legal and Actual Foreign Tax Liability The amount of foreign tax that qualifies is not necessarily the amount of tax withheld by the foreign country. 1040ez help Only the legal and actual foreign tax liability that you paid or accrued during the year qualifies for the credit. 1040ez help Foreign tax refund. 1040ez help   You cannot take a foreign tax credit for income taxes paid to a foreign country if it is reasonably certain the amount would be refunded, credited, rebated, abated, or forgiven if you made a claim. 1040ez help   For example, the United States has tax treaties with many countries allowing U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help citizens and residents reductions in the rates of tax of those foreign countries. 1040ez help However, some treaty countries require U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help citizens and residents to pay the tax figured without regard to the lower treaty rates and then claim a refund for the amount by which the tax actually paid is more than the amount of tax figured using the lower treaty rate. 1040ez help The qualified foreign tax is the amount figured using the lower treaty rate and not the amount actually paid, because the excess tax is refundable. 1040ez help Subsidy received. 1040ez help   Tax payments a foreign country returns to you in the form of a subsidy do not qualify for the foreign tax credit. 1040ez help This rule applies even if the subsidy is given to a person related to you, or persons who participated with you in a transaction or a related transaction. 1040ez help A subsidy can be provided by any means but must be determined, directly or indirectly, in relation to the amount of tax, or to the base used to figure the tax. 1040ez help   The term “subsidy” includes any type of benefit. 1040ez help Some ways of providing a subsidy are refunds, credits, deductions, payments, or discharges of obligations. 1040ez help Shareholder receiving refund for corporate tax in integrated system. 1040ez help   Under some foreign tax laws and treaties, a shareholder is considered to have paid part of the tax that is imposed on the corporation. 1040ez help You may be able to claim a refund of these taxes from the foreign government. 1040ez help You must include the refund (including any amount withheld) in your income in the year received. 1040ez help Any tax withheld from the refund is a qualified foreign tax. 1040ez help Example. 1040ez help You are a shareholder of a French corporation. 1040ez help You receive a $100 refund of the tax paid to France by the corporation on the earnings distributed to you as a dividend. 1040ez help The French government imposes a 15% withholding tax ($15) on the refund you received. 1040ez help You receive a check for $85. 1040ez help You include $100 in your income. 1040ez help The $15 of tax withheld is a qualified foreign tax. 1040ez help Tax Must Be an Income Tax (or Tax in Lieu of Income Tax) In most cases, only income, war profits, and excess profits taxes (income taxes) qualify for the foreign tax credit. 1040ez help Foreign taxes on wages, dividends, interest, and royalties qualify for the credit in most cases. 1040ez help Furthermore, foreign taxes on income can qualify even though they are not imposed under an income tax law if the tax is in lieu of an income, war profits, or excess profits tax. 1040ez help See Taxes in Lieu of Income Taxes , later. 1040ez help Income Tax Simply because the levy is called an income tax by the foreign taxing authority does not make it an income tax for this purpose. 1040ez help A foreign levy is an income tax only if it meets both of the following requirements. 1040ez help It is a tax; that is, you have to pay it and you get no specific economic benefit (discussed below) from paying it. 1040ez help The predominant character of the tax is that of an income tax in the U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help sense. 1040ez help A foreign levy may meet these requirements even if the foreign tax law differs from U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax law. 1040ez help The foreign law may include in income items that U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help law does not include, or it may allow certain exclusions or deductions that U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help law does not allow. 1040ez help Specific economic benefit. 1040ez help   In most cases, you get a specific economic benefit if you receive, or are considered to receive, an economic benefit from the foreign country imposing the levy, and: If there is a generally imposed income tax, the economic benefit is not available on substantially the same terms to all persons subject to the income tax, or If there is no generally imposed income tax, the economic benefit is not available on substantially the same terms to the population of the foreign country in general. 1040ez help   You are considered to receive a specific economic benefit if you have a business transaction with a person who receives a specific economic benefit from the foreign country and, under the terms and conditions of the transaction, you receive directly or indirectly all or part of the benefit. 1040ez help   However, see the exception discussed later under Pension, unemployment, and disability fund payments . 1040ez help Economic benefits. 1040ez help   Economic benefits include the following. 1040ez help Goods. 1040ez help Services. 1040ez help Fees or other payments. 1040ez help Rights to use, acquire, or extract resources, patents, or other property the foreign country owns or controls. 1040ez help Discharges of contractual obligations. 1040ez help   In most cases, the right or privilege merely to engage in business is not an economic benefit. 1040ez help Dual-capacity taxpayers. 1040ez help   If you are subject to a foreign country's levy and you also receive a specific economic benefit from that foreign country, you are a “dual-capacity taxpayer. 1040ez help ” As a dual-capacity taxpayer, you cannot claim a credit for any part of the foreign levy, unless you establish that the amount paid under a distinct element of the foreign levy is a tax, rather than a compulsory payment for a direct or indirect specific economic benefit. 1040ez help    For more information on how to establish amounts paid under separate elements of a levy, write to: Internal Revenue Service International Section Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725 Pension, unemployment, and disability fund payments. 1040ez help   A foreign tax imposed on an individual to pay for retirement, old-age, death, survivor, unemployment, illness, or disability benefits, or for substantially similar purposes, is not payment for a specific economic benefit if the amount of the tax does not depend on the age, life expectancy, or similar characteristics of that individual. 1040ez help    No deduction or credit is allowed, however, for social security taxes paid or accrued to a foreign country with which the United States has a social security agreement. 1040ez help For more information about these agreements, see Publication 54. 1040ez help Soak-up taxes. 1040ez help   A foreign tax is not predominantly an income tax and does not qualify for credit to the extent it is a soak-up tax. 1040ez help A tax is a soak-up tax to the extent that liability for it depends on the availability of a credit for it against income tax imposed by another country. 1040ez help This rule applies only if and to the extent that the foreign tax would not be imposed if the credit were not available. 1040ez help Penalties and interest. 1040ez help   Amounts paid to a foreign government to satisfy a liability for interest, fines, penalties, or any similar obligation are not taxes and do not qualify for the credit. 1040ez help Taxes not based on income. 1040ez help   Foreign taxes based on gross receipts or the number of units produced, rather than on realized net income, do not qualify unless they are imposed in lieu of an income tax, as discussed next. 1040ez help Taxes based on assets, such as property taxes, do not qualify for the credit. 1040ez help Taxes in Lieu of Income Taxes A tax paid or accrued to a foreign country qualifies for the credit if it is imposed in lieu of an income tax otherwise generally imposed. 1040ez help A foreign levy is a tax in lieu of an income tax only if: It is not payment for a specific economic benefit as discussed earlier, and The tax is imposed in place of, and not in addition to, an income tax otherwise generally imposed. 1040ez help A tax in lieu of an income tax does not have to be based on realized net income. 1040ez help A foreign tax imposed on gross income, gross receipts or sales, or the number of units produced or exported can qualify for the credit. 1040ez help In most cases, a soak-up tax (discussed earlier) does not qualify as a tax in lieu of an income tax. 1040ez help However, if the foreign country imposes a soak-up tax in lieu of an income tax, the amount that does not qualify for foreign tax credit is the lesser of the following amounts. 1040ez help The soak-up tax. 1040ez help The foreign tax you paid that is more than the amount you would have paid if you had been subject to the generally imposed income tax. 1040ez help Foreign Taxes for Which You Cannot Take a Credit This part discusses the foreign taxes for which you cannot take a credit. 1040ez help These are: Taxes on excluded income, Taxes for which you can only take an itemized deduction, Taxes on foreign mineral income, Taxes from international boycott operations, A portion of taxes on combined foreign oil and gas income, Taxes of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help persons controlling foreign corporations and partnerships who fail to file required information returns, and Taxes related to a foreign tax splitting event. 1040ez help Taxes on Excluded Income You cannot take a credit for foreign taxes paid or accrued on certain income that is excluded from U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help gross income. 1040ez help Foreign Earned Income and Housing Exclusions You must reduce your foreign taxes available for the credit by the amount of those taxes paid or accrued on income that is excluded from U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help income under the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. 1040ez help See Publication 54 for more information on the foreign earned income and housing exclusions. 1040ez help Wages completely excluded. 1040ez help   If your wages are completely excluded, you cannot take a credit for any of the foreign taxes paid or accrued on these wages. 1040ez help Wages partly excluded. 1040ez help   If only part of your wages is excluded, you cannot take a credit for the foreign income taxes allocable to the excluded part. 1040ez help You find the amount allocable to your excluded wages by multiplying the foreign tax paid or accrued on foreign earned income received or accrued during the tax year by a fraction. 1040ez help   The numerator of the fraction is your foreign earned income and housing amounts excluded under the foreign earned income and housing exclusions for the tax year minus otherwise deductible expenses definitely related and properly apportioned to that income. 1040ez help Deductible expenses do not include the foreign housing deduction. 1040ez help   The denominator is your total foreign earned income received or accrued during the tax year minus all deductible expenses allocable to that income (including the foreign housing deduction). 1040ez help If the foreign law taxes foreign earned income and some other income (for example, earned income from U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help sources or a type of income not subject to U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax), and the taxes on the other income cannot be segregated, the denominator of the fraction is the total amount of income subject to the foreign tax minus deductible expenses allocable to that income. 1040ez help Example. 1040ez help You are a U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help citizen and a cash basis taxpayer, employed by Company X and living in Country A. 1040ez help Your records show the following: Foreign earned income received $125,000 Unreimbursed business travel expenses 20,000 Income tax paid to Country A 30,000 Exclusion of foreign earned  income and housing allowance 97,600     Because you can exclude part of your wages, you cannot claim a credit for part of the foreign taxes. 1040ez help To find that part, do the following. 1040ez help First, find the amount of business expenses allocable to excluded wages and therefore not deductible. 1040ez help To do this, multiply the otherwise deductible expenses by a fraction. 1040ez help That fraction is the excluded wages over your foreign earned income. 1040ez help   $20,000 × $97,600 $125,000 = $15,616             Next, find the numerator of the fraction by which you will multiply the foreign taxes paid. 1040ez help To do this, subtract business expenses allocable to excluded wages ($15,616) from excluded wages ($97,600). 1040ez help The result is $81,984. 1040ez help Then, find the denominator of the fraction by subtracting all your deductible expenses from all your foreign earned income ($125,000 − $20,000 = $105,000). 1040ez help Finally, multiply the foreign tax you paid by the resulting fraction. 1040ez help   $30,000 × $81,984  $105,000 = $23,424 The amount of Country A tax you cannot take a credit for is $23,424. 1040ez help Taxes on Income From Puerto Rico Exempt From U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help Tax If you have income from Puerto Rican sources that is not taxable, you must reduce your foreign taxes paid or accrued by the taxes allocable to the exempt income. 1040ez help For information on figuring the reduction, see Publication 570. 1040ez help Possession Exclusion If you are a bona fide resident of American Samoa and exclude income from sources in American Samoa, you cannot take a credit for the taxes you pay or accrue on the excluded income. 1040ez help For more information on this exclusion, see Publication 570. 1040ez help Extraterritorial Income Exclusion You cannot take a credit for taxes you pay on qualifying foreign trade income excluded on Form 8873, Extraterritorial Income Exclusion. 1040ez help However, see Internal Revenue Code section 943(d) for an exception for certain withholding taxes. 1040ez help Taxes for Which You Can Only Take an Itemized Deduction You cannot claim a foreign tax credit for foreign income taxes paid or accrued under the following circumstances. 1040ez help However, you can claim an itemized deduction for these taxes. 1040ez help See Choosing To Take Credit or Deduction , earlier. 1040ez help Taxes Imposed By Sanctioned Countries (Section 901(j) Income) You cannot claim a foreign tax credit for income taxes paid or accrued to any country if the income giving rise to the tax is for a period (the sanction period) during which: The Secretary of State has designated the country as one that repeatedly provides support for acts of international terrorism, The United States has severed or does not conduct diplomatic relations with the country, or The United States does not recognize the country's government, and that government is not otherwise eligible to purchase defense articles or services under the Arms Export Control Act. 1040ez help The following countries meet this description for 2013. 1040ez help Income taxes paid or accrued to these countries in 2013 do not qualify for the credit. 1040ez help Cuba. 1040ez help Iran. 1040ez help Libya (but see Note later). 1040ez help North Korea. 1040ez help Sudan. 1040ez help Syria. 1040ez help Waiver of denial of the credit. 1040ez help   A waiver can be granted to a sanctioned country if the President of the United States determines that granting the waiver is in the national interest of the United States and will expand trade and investment opportunities for U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help companies in the sanctioned country. 1040ez help The President must report to Congress his intentions to grant the waiver and his reasons for granting the waiver not less than 30 days before the date on which the waiver is granted. 1040ez help Note. 1040ez help Effective December 10, 2004, the President granted a waiver to Libya. 1040ez help Income taxes arising on or after this date qualify for the credit if they meet the other requirements in this publication. 1040ez help Limit on credit. 1040ez help   In figuring the foreign tax credit limit, discussed later, income from a sanctioned country is a separate category of foreign income unless a Presidential waiver is granted. 1040ez help You must fill out a separate Form 1116 for this income. 1040ez help This will prevent you from claiming a credit for foreign taxes paid or accrued to the sanctioned country. 1040ez help Example. 1040ez help You lived and worked in Iran until August, when you were transferred to Italy. 1040ez help You paid taxes to each country on the income earned in that country. 1040ez help You cannot claim a foreign tax credit for the foreign taxes paid on the income earned in Iran. 1040ez help Because the income earned in Iran is a separate category of foreign income, you must fill out a separate Form 1116 for that income. 1040ez help You cannot take a credit for taxes paid on the income earned in Iran, but that income is taxable by the United States. 1040ez help Figuring the credit when a sanction ends. 1040ez help    Table 1 lists the countries for which sanctions have ended or for which a Presidential waiver has been granted. 1040ez help For any of these countries, you can claim a foreign tax credit for the taxes paid or accrued to that country on the income for the period that begins after the end of the sanction period or the date the Presidential waiver was granted. 1040ez help Example. 1040ez help The sanctions against Country X ended on July 31. 1040ez help On August 19, you receive a distribution from a mutual fund of Country X income. 1040ez help The fund paid Country X income tax for you on the distribution. 1040ez help Because the distribution was made after the sanction ended, you may include the foreign tax paid on the distribution to compute your foreign tax credit. 1040ez help Amounts for the nonsanctioned period. 1040ez help   If a sanction period ends (or a Presidential waiver is granted) during your tax year and you are not able to determine the actual income and taxes for that period, you can allocate amounts to that period based on the number of days in the period that fall in your tax year. 1040ez help Multiply the income or taxes for the year by the following fraction to determine the amounts allocable to that period. 1040ez help   Number of nonsanctioned days in year  Number of days in year Example. 1040ez help You are a calendar year filer and received $20,000 of income from Country X in 2013 on which you paid tax of $4,500. 1040ez help Sanctions against Country X ended on July 11, 2013. 1040ez help You are unable to determine how much of the income or tax is for the nonsanctioned period. 1040ez help Because your tax year starts on January 1, and the Country X sanction ended on July 11, 2013, 173 days of your tax year are in the nonsanctioned period. 1040ez help You would compute the income for the nonsanctioned period as follows. 1040ez help 173 365 × $20,000 = $9,479             You would figure the tax for the nonsanctioned period as follows. 1040ez help 173 365 × $4,500 = $2,133 To figure your foreign tax credit, you would use $9,479 as the income from Country X and $2,133 as the tax. 1040ez help Further information. 1040ez help   The rules for figuring the foreign tax credit after a country's sanction period ends are more fully explained in Revenue Ruling 92-62, Cumulative Bulletin 1992-2, page 193. 1040ez help This Cumulative Bulletin can be found in many libraries and IRS offices. 1040ez help Table 1. 1040ez help Countries Removed From the Sanction List or Granted Presidential Waiver   Sanction Period Country Starting Date Ending Date Iraq February 1, 1991 June 27, 2004 Libya January 1, 1987 December 9, 2004* *Presidential waiver granted for qualified income taxes arising after December 9, 2004. 1040ez help Taxes Imposed on Certain Dividends You cannot claim a foreign tax credit for withholding tax (defined later ) on dividends paid or accrued if either of the following applies to the dividends. 1040ez help The dividends are on stock you held for less than 16 days during the 31-day period that begins 15 days before the ex-dividend date (defined later). 1040ez help The dividends are for a period or periods totaling more than 366 days on preferred stock you held for less than 46 days during the 91-day period that begins 45 days before the ex-dividend date. 1040ez help If the dividend is not for more than 366 days, rule (1) applies to the preferred stock. 1040ez help When figuring how long you held the stock, count the day you sold it, but do not count the day you acquired it or any days on which you were protected from risk of loss. 1040ez help Regardless of how long you held the stock, you cannot claim the credit to the extent you have an obligation under a short sale or otherwise to make payments related to the dividend for positions in substantially similar or related property. 1040ez help Withholding tax. 1040ez help   For this purpose, withholding tax includes any tax determined on a gross basis. 1040ez help It does not include any tax which is in the nature of a prepayment of a tax imposed on a net basis. 1040ez help Ex-dividend date. 1040ez help   The ex-dividend date is the first date following the declaration of a dividend on which the purchaser of a stock is not entitled to receive the next dividend payment. 1040ez help Example 1. 1040ez help You bought common stock from a foreign corporation on November 3. 1040ez help You sold the stock on November 19. 1040ez help You received a dividend on this stock because you owned it on the ex-dividend date of November 5. 1040ez help To claim the credit, you must have held the stock for at least 16 days within the 31-day period that began on October 21 (15 days before the ex-dividend date). 1040ez help Because you held the stock for 16 days, from November 4 until November 19, you are entitled to the credit. 1040ez help Example 2. 1040ez help The facts are the same as in Example 1 except that you sold the stock on November 14. 1040ez help You held the stock for only 11 days. 1040ez help You are not entitled to the credit. 1040ez help Exception. 1040ez help   If you are a securities dealer who actively conducts business in a foreign country, you may be able to claim a foreign tax credit for qualified taxes paid on dividends regardless of how long you held the stock or whether you were obligated to make payments for positions in substantially similar or related property. 1040ez help See section 901(k)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code for more information. 1040ez help Taxes Withheld on Income or Gain (Other Than Dividends) For income or gain (other than dividends) paid or accrued on property, you cannot claim a foreign tax credit for withholding tax (defined later): If you have not held the property for at least 16 days during the 31-day period that begins 15 days before the date on which the right to receive the payment arises, or To the extent you have to make related payments on positions in substantially similar or related property. 1040ez help When figuring how long you held the property, count the day you sold it, but do not count the day you acquired it or any days on which you were protected from risk of loss. 1040ez help Withholding tax. 1040ez help   For this purpose, withholding tax includes any tax determined on a gross basis. 1040ez help It does not include any tax which is in the nature of a prepayment of a tax imposed on a net basis. 1040ez help Exception for dealers. 1040ez help   If you are a dealer in property who actively conducts business in a foreign country, you may be able to claim a foreign tax credit for qualified taxes withheld on income or gain from that property regardless of how long you held it or whether you have to make related payments on positions in substantially similar or related property. 1040ez help See section 901(I)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code for more information. 1040ez help Covered Asset Acquisition ???You cannot take a credit for the disqualified portion of any foreign tax paid or accrued in connection with a covered asset acquisition. 1040ez help A covered asset acquisition includes certain acquisitions that result in a stepped-up basis for U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax purposes but not for foreign tax purposes. 1040ez help For more information, see Internal Revenue Code section 901(m). 1040ez help The IRS intends to issue guidance that will explain this provision in greater detail. 1040ez help Taxes in Connection With the Purchase or Sale of Oil or Gas You cannot claim a foreign tax credit for taxes paid or accrued to a foreign country in connection with the purchase or sale of oil or gas extracted in that country if you do not have an economic interest in the oil or gas, and the purchase price or sales price is different from the fair market value of the oil or gas at the time of purchase or sale. 1040ez help Taxes on Foreign Mineral Income You must reduce any taxes paid or accrued to a foreign country or possession on mineral income from that country or possession if you were allowed a deduction for percentage depletion for any part of the mineral income. 1040ez help For details, see Regulations section 1. 1040ez help 901-3. 1040ez help Taxes From International Boycott Operations If you participate in or cooperate with an international boycott during the tax year, your foreign taxes resulting from boycott activities will reduce the total taxes available for credit. 1040ez help See the instructions for line 12 in the Form 1116 instructions to figure this reduction. 1040ez help In most cases, this rule does not apply to employees with wages who are working and living in boycotting countries, or to retirees with pensions who are living in these countries. 1040ez help List of boycotting countries. 1040ez help   A list of the countries which may require participation in or cooperation with an international boycott is published by the Department of the Treasury. 1040ez help As of November 2013, the following countries are listed. 1040ez help Iraq. 1040ez help Kuwait. 1040ez help Lebanon. 1040ez help Libya. 1040ez help Qatar. 1040ez help Saudi Arabia. 1040ez help Syria. 1040ez help United Arab Emirates. 1040ez help Yemen. 1040ez help    For information concerning changes to the list, write to: Internal Revenue Service International Section Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725 Determinations of whether the boycott rule applies. 1040ez help   You may request a determination from the Internal Revenue Service as to whether a particular operation constitutes participation in or cooperation with an international boycott. 1040ez help The procedures for obtaining a determination from the Service are outlined in Revenue Procedure 77-9 in Cumulative Bulletin 1977-1. 1040ez help Cumulative Bulletins are available in most IRS offices and you are welcome to read them there. 1040ez help Public inspection. 1040ez help   A determination and any related background file is open to public inspection. 1040ez help However, your identity and certain other information will remain confidential. 1040ez help Reporting requirements. 1040ez help   You must file a report with the IRS if you or any of the following persons have operations in or related to a boycotting country or with the government, a company, or a national of a boycotting country. 1040ez help A foreign corporation in which you own 10% or more of the voting power of all voting stock but only if you own the stock of the foreign corporation directly or through foreign entities. 1040ez help A partnership in which you are a partner. 1040ez help A trust you are treated as owning. 1040ez help Form 5713 required. 1040ez help   If you have to file a report, you must use Form 5713, International Boycott Report, and attach all supporting schedules. 1040ez help See the Instructions for Form 5713 for information on when and where to file the form. 1040ez help Penalty for failure to file. 1040ez help   If you willfully fail to make a report, in addition to other penalties, you may be fined $25,000 or imprisoned for no more than one year, or both. 1040ez help Taxes on Combined Foreign Oil and Gas Income You must reduce your foreign taxes by a portion of any foreign taxes imposed on combined foreign oil and gas income. 1040ez help The amount of the reduction is the amount by which your foreign oil and gas taxes exceed the amount of your combined foreign oil and gas income multiplied by a fraction equal to your pre-credit U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help tax liability (Form 1040, line 44) divided by your worldwide taxable income. 1040ez help You may be entitled to carry over to other years taxes reduced under this rule. 1040ez help See Internal Revenue Code section 907(f). 1040ez help Combined foreign oil and gas income means the sum of foreign oil related income and foreign oil and gas extraction income. 1040ez help Foreign oil and gas taxes are the sum of foreign oil and gas extraction taxes and foreign oil related taxes. 1040ez help Taxes of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help Persons Controlling Foreign Corporations and Partnerships If you had control of a foreign corporation or a foreign partnership for the annual accounting period of that corporation or partnership that ended with or within your tax year, you may have to file an annual information return. 1040ez help If you do not file the required information return, you may have to reduce the foreign taxes that may be used for the foreign tax credit. 1040ez help See Penalty for not filing Form 5471 or Form 8865 , later. 1040ez help U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help persons controlling foreign corporations. 1040ez help   If you are a U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help citizen or resident who had control of a foreign corporation for an uninterrupted period of at least 30 days during the annual accounting period of that corporation, you may have to file an annual information return on Form 5471, Information Return of U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help Persons With Respect To Certain Foreign Corporations. 1040ez help Under this rule, you generally had control of a foreign corporation if at any time during your tax year you owned: Stock possessing more than 50% of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock entitled to vote, or More than 50% of the total value of shares of all classes of stock of the foreign corporation. 1040ez help U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help persons controlling foreign partnerships. 1040ez help   If you are a U. 1040ez help S. 1040ez help citizen or resident who had control of a foreign partnership at any time during the partnership's tax year, you may have to file