I have paid tax in India on that property already, and I need to enter that to get a Foreign Tax Credit, but when I go to that section, it says I have no foreign income (there was nowhere to mark under the land sale portion of turbotax that it was foreign land), so I can't get a foreign tax credit.
It seems like I have to somehow tell turbotax that the income is foreign, which I don't see how to do, or there is another way to enter that I paid foreign tax in the deductions section, but I don't see that.
Anybody know what the correct procedure is here?
Here is the procedure to obtain the foreign tax credit for foreign taxes paid on foreign capital gains/losses.
It is assumed that the reporting of all income including foreign capital gains/losses for U.S. tax purposes has been completed and the next step is to obtain foreign tax credit for foreign taxes paid using form 1116.
Some preliminary work has to be completed. Download the “2020 Instructions for Form 1116” and “Pub 514”.
Open the f1116 instructions and go to page 9. Under the heading “Adjustments to foreign capital gains and losses,” you will be using either worksheet A or B or the worksheet in Pub 514. The instructions will guide you to determine which worksheet to use. Whichever worksheet is used, after completion, you will have the amount to insert into f1116 line 1a if there is a gain or line 5 if there is a loss.
Next go to the foreign tax credit interview. Herein is a screen by screen presentation of a simplified scenario whereby the only income for foreign tax credit is foreign capital gains or losses.
1. Foreign Tax Credit
2. Before We Begin
3. Foreign Taxes
4. Tell Us About Your Foreign Taxes
5. Foreign Taxes
6. Do You Want a Deduction or Credit?
7. Reporting Foreign Taxes Paid
8. No Other Income or Expenses
9. Completing Forms 1116
10. Foreign Tax Credit Worksheet
11. Choose the Income Type
Make the selection then Continue
12. Country Summary
Add a country.
13. Country Name
Select from the list
14. Other Gross Income-Country
If there is a gain from the worksheet:
In the description, enter “Capital Gain”
Enter the amount from the worksheet.
15. Definitely Related Expenses
Enter any applicable amount.
16. Foreign Losses
If you had a net foreign loss from the worksheet,
enter it here.
17. Foreign Taxes Paid
Enter the amount
18. Country Summary
19. Any Foreign Source Qualified Dividends or Long Term Capital Gains?
Here, Long Term Cap. Gains refers only to capital gain distributions
from a 1099-DIv.
Continue thru the remaining screens until finished.
Thanks so much for your reply.
I think the issue is I'm entering the income from the sale of the property incorrectly.
When I go to enter the Foreign Tax Credit, this is what I do/get:
1) Go to Foreign Tax Credit section: It says :"We’ll check if you’re eligible for the Foreign Tax Credit"
2) Before we begin, do you have any income left to enter?
"Yes I'm finished" and Continue
3) It says "Looks like the Foreign Tax Credit doesn't apply this year" and I can't go on...
On the Wages and Income section, I had entered the land sale in the "Stocks, Mutual Funds, Bonds, Other" section.
What appears to work, although it's coloring outside of the lines a little I think.
Add on a fake 1099-INT with $0 income but it has the foreign tax paid on it. So this is where the foreign tax is entered, and the income from the land sale is entered elsewhere.
Then I was able to enter the foreign tax credit section accordingly.
Does this sound ok to do?
I certainly don't have a 1099-INT, and it wasn't interest or dividend income, but it's the only place I can see where I can enter foreign tax paid.
That screen claiming that the foreign tax credit does not apply should not appear. On the income side, TT does not know if income is foreign or domestic and does not know if any foreign tax is paid except for dividends, interest , and k-1's. There could be income from capital gains, rentals, royalties, annuities, etc. from foreign sources and TT doesn't care about the source on the income side. I suggest that you bring up the 1040 and verify that there is income posted on line 7. If there is then delete f1116 and go thru the foreign tax credit interview again. Also delete the fake 1099-INT as that could cause problems.