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ethomas60
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What is adjusted basis for passive activities? for foreign tax calculation. line 4b3b

 
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CalCountry
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What is adjusted basis for passive activities? for foreign tax calculation. line 4b3b

Regarding Line 4b:

"Line 4b

Other interest expense includes investment interest, interest incurred in a trade or business, and passive activity interest. If you are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or a domestic estate, and your gross foreign source income (including any income excluded on Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ) doesn't exceed $5,000, you can allocate all of your interest expense to U.S. source income. Otherwise, each type of interest expense is apportioned separately using an "asset method." See Pub. 514 for more information.

Example.

You have investment interest expense of $2,000. Your assets of $100,000 consist of stock generating U.S. source income (adjusted basis, $40,000) and stock generating foreign source income (adjusted basis, $60,000). You apportion 40% ($40,000/$100,000) of $2,000, or $800 of your investment interest, to U.S. source income and 60% ($60,000/$100,000) of $2,000, or $1,200, to foreign source income. In this example, you will enter the $1,200 apportioned to foreign source income on line 4b. You wouldn't enter the $800 apportioned to U.S. source income on any line of Part I of Form 1116."

Regarding your adjusted basis, see the following citation from the IRS website at:
   https://www.irs.gov/publications/p551

"Stocks and Bonds

The basis of stocks or bonds you buy is generally the purchase price plus any costs of purchase, such as commissions and recording or transfer fees. If you get stocks or bonds other than by purchase, your basis is usually determined by the fair market value (FMV) or the previous owner's adjusted basis of the stock.

You must adjust the basis of stocks for certain events that occur after purchase. See Stocks and Bonds in chapter 4 of Pub. 550 for more information on the basis of stock."



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CalCountry
Level 6

What is adjusted basis for passive activities? for foreign tax calculation. line 4b3b

Regarding Line 4b:

"Line 4b

Other interest expense includes investment interest, interest incurred in a trade or business, and passive activity interest. If you are a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or a domestic estate, and your gross foreign source income (including any income excluded on Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ) doesn't exceed $5,000, you can allocate all of your interest expense to U.S. source income. Otherwise, each type of interest expense is apportioned separately using an "asset method." See Pub. 514 for more information.

Example.

You have investment interest expense of $2,000. Your assets of $100,000 consist of stock generating U.S. source income (adjusted basis, $40,000) and stock generating foreign source income (adjusted basis, $60,000). You apportion 40% ($40,000/$100,000) of $2,000, or $800 of your investment interest, to U.S. source income and 60% ($60,000/$100,000) of $2,000, or $1,200, to foreign source income. In this example, you will enter the $1,200 apportioned to foreign source income on line 4b. You wouldn't enter the $800 apportioned to U.S. source income on any line of Part I of Form 1116."

Regarding your adjusted basis, see the following citation from the IRS website at:
   https://www.irs.gov/publications/p551

"Stocks and Bonds

The basis of stocks or bonds you buy is generally the purchase price plus any costs of purchase, such as commissions and recording or transfer fees. If you get stocks or bonds other than by purchase, your basis is usually determined by the fair market value (FMV) or the previous owner's adjusted basis of the stock.

You must adjust the basis of stocks for certain events that occur after purchase. See Stocks and Bonds in chapter 4 of Pub. 550 for more information on the basis of stock."



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digdesdev
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What is adjusted basis for passive activities? for foreign tax calculation. line 4b3b

Does anyone have an answer that is relevant to K-1 forms from a publicly traded partnership (PTP)?  

 

I can determine the basis of assets I have bought but I have no idea how to find this for the PTPs that have paid and allocated foreign taxes on the K-1 forms.  Calls to the issuer just get a "See the IRS instructions" reply.

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