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Why doesn't the foreign tax credit show up on Schedule 3, Line 48 of my 1040?

One possibility is that you don't have any amounts on Form 1040, Line 11. This can happen if you're under the filing threshold or if you haven't finished entering all your income yet.

Another possibility is that you took the deduction instead of the credit. In this case, it'll show up on Schedule A, Line 6 as "other taxes."

If you want to switch from the deduction to the credit:

  1. Open (continue) your return.
  2. Search for foreign tax credit and select the Jump to link in the search results.
  3. Answer the questions until you get to Do you want the deduction or the credit?
  4. Select Take a Credit and proceed.

Most people are better off taking the credit as it's a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your taxes.

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