Why doesn't the foreign tax credit show up on Line 48 of my 1040?
One possibility is that you don't have any amounts on Lines 44 and 46. This can happen if you're under the filing threshold (more about that here) 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 8 as "other taxes."
If you want to switch from the deduction to the credit:
- Open (continue) your return and search for foreign tax credit.
- Click the "Jump to" link in the search results, then keep going until you get to Do you want the deduction or the credit?
- Click Take a Credit and proceed.
Most people are better off taking the credit, as it's a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your taxes.