Line 40500 - Federal foreign tax credit
Note: Line 40500 was line 405 before tax year 2019.
You may be able to claim this credit for foreign income or profit taxes you paid on income you received from outside Canada and reported on your Canadian tax return. Tax treaties with other countries may affect whether you are eligible for this credit.
Foreign income and foreign taxes must be converted to Canadian dollars. Use the Bank of Canada exchange rate in effect on the day you received these amounts. If you received a monthly pension or multiple payments at different times during the year, use the average annual exchange rate. The average monthly rate and the daily rate are available by visiting the Bank of Canada website.
Completing your tax return
Complete Form T2209, Federal Foreign Tax Credits, and enter the amount from line 12 on line 40500 of your return.
Keep all your documents in case the CRA asks to see them at a later date.
Filing a paper return
Attach your completed Form T2209, Federal Foreign Tax Credits and documents such as official receipts, that show the foreign taxes you paid and a note showing your calculations. If you paid taxes to the United States, attach your W-2 information slip, U.S.1040 return, U.S tax account transcript, and any other supporting documents that apply.
If any of your documents are in a foreign language, the CRA needs a copy of the original documents written in the foreign language with an acceptable English or French translation.
To be acceptable, the signatory’s name has to be printed, in the Latin alphabet, and the translation has to meet one of the following conditions:
- be certified by an official with the authority to administer an oath or solemn declaration (commissioner of oaths, notary public, or lawyer) unless it was done by a translator who is a member in good standing of one of the provincial or territorial organizations of translators and interpreters of Canada
- have the seal and signature of an official from the foreign country’s embassy, high commission, or consulate confirming it is a true translation
- have the seal and signature of the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified General Accountant (CGA) confirming it is a true translation
- have a written statement indicating the profession and the signature of a teacher, professor, or a religious leader confirming it is a true translation
To be acceptable the taxpayer's name cannot be the same as the signatory's.
Forms and publications
- Income Tax Package - Guide, return, and schedules
- Form T2036, Provincial or Territorial Foreign Tax Credit
- Form T2209, Federal Foreign Tax Credits
- Income Tax Folio S5-F2-C1, Foreign Tax Credit
- Interpretation Bulletin IT-506, Foreign Income Taxes as a Deduction From Income
- ITNEWS-31R2, Income Tax - Technical News, No. 31R2
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