The IRS has publicized a new draft version of Form 1118, "Foreign Tax Credit - Corporations," used by U.S. corporations to compute the foreign tax credit for taxes paid or accrued to foreign countries or U.S. possessions. "They adjusted the form to accommodate changes made by the 2004 American Jobs Creation Act," said Selva Ozelli, a New York-based CPA and international tax attorney. Under the act, the number of separate foreign income categories has been reduced from eight to two, and U.S. source income is re-characterized as foreign source income in cases where a taxpayer's foreign tax credit limitation has been reduced in an earlier year due to an overall domestic loss. "The most important change is that they've added a column to help taxpayers determine U.S. income that could be recharacterized due to recapture of overall domestic losses," said Ozelli. "This column will also help them in tracking their balances of overall domestic losses," she said.
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