Foreign Tax Credit

Generally, receiving a tax credit is more beneficial to a taxpayer than a deduction from income taxes. A tax credit provides a dollar for dollar reduction in current income tax liability. If a taxpayer excludes amounts from his or her earned income under the foreign earned income exclusion, then the taxpayer cannot receive a foreign tax credit or deduction for taxes on the income that were excluded under the foreign earned income exclusion. It will be important for the taxpayer to determine whether he or she is in a better position receiving the foreign earned income exclusion or receiving the foreign tax credit applicable to the foreign earned income.