Friday, May 3, 2024

Guide to Claiming Foreign Tax Credit with Form 67


"An informed taxpayer is an empowered taxpayer." In our globalized economy, many Indian residents generate income from foreign sources. This can often lead to the complex issue of double taxation, where the same income is taxed in both the source country and in India. To mitigate this issue, the Indian government provides a tool called the Foreign Tax Credit (FTC). This guide offers an in-depth exploration of how to use Form 67 to claim this credit, ensuring you're not paying more taxes than necessary.

Understanding Foreign Tax Credit (FTC) and Form 67

  • Foreign Tax Credit (FTC): FTC is a tax relief mechanism for Indian taxpayers who pay taxes in foreign countries. It allows them to offset these taxes against their Indian tax liability, reducing double taxation.
  • Form 67: This form is used to claim FTC, detailing your foreign income, taxes paid on that income, and the applicable Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).

Important Deadlines

  • Due Date for Filing Form 67: To benefit from the FTC, Form 67 must be filed on or before the due date of filing the income tax return. This means that if your income tax return is due on July 31, 2024, Form 67 should also be submitted by this date.

Eligibility and Documentation Required to Claim FTC

  1. Proof of Tax Deduction: Obtain a certificate from the foreign entity responsible for tax deduction, akin to Form 16/16A in India.
  2. Proof of Tax Payment: Provide documentation such as receipts, bank statements, or challans confirming the payment of tax abroad.
  3. Proof of Tax Discharge: This could include a tax return filed in the foreign country or a certificate from the foreign tax authority. Alternatively, a self-attested statement detailing the income and tax paid may suffice if other documents are unavailable.

Detailed Insights on Form 67

  • No Refunds on Foreign Taxes: The FTC system does not permit refunds or carry forward of the foreign taxes paid.
  • Limitations of FTC: The credit can only be utilized against income tax, surcharge, and cess payable under Indian law, excluding interest, penalties, or fees.
  • Calculation of Credit: The FTC is calculated as the lesser of the tax payable on foreign income in India or the tax paid abroad.
  • Multiple Countries, Single Form: Taxpayers can use a single Form 67 to claim credits for taxes paid in multiple countries.
  • Exchange Rate: The exchange rate for converting foreign tax paid to INR is determined by the SBI Telegraphic Transfer Buying Rate as of the last day of the month preceding the month in which tax was paid or deducted.
  • Timing of Claim: The FTC must be claimed in the tax year during which the foreign income is taxable in India.

Step-by-Step Guide to Filing Form 67

1Log in to the Income Tax e-Filing portal.
2Navigate to 'e-File' > 'Income Tax Forms' > 'File Income Tax Forms'.
3Select 'Form 67' from the available forms.
4Choose the relevant 'Assessment Year' and click 'Continue'.
5Click 'Let's Get Started' on the instructions page.
6Fill in the required fields with details of foreign income and taxes paid. Click 'Preview'.
7Review all entries, make any necessary corrections, and proceed to e-verification.
8Confirm form submission by selecting 'Yes'.
9Complete the e-verification process to finalize submission. An acknowledgment number and transaction ID will confirm successful submission.

Table at a Glance: Key Details of Form 67

Form NumberForm 67
PurposeTo claim Foreign Tax Credit (FTC)
Due DateOn or before the due date of filing the income tax return
Relevant DocumentsTax deduction certificates, payment proofs, tax returns or self-attested statements from the foreign country
EligibilityTaxpayers with income taxed both in India and a foreign country


Filing Form 67 is a critical step for ensuring accurate reporting and compliance with tax regulations when claiming the Foreign Tax Credit. This document facilitates transparent disclosure of foreign income and allows taxpayers to utilize tax credits effectively, promoting a fair and accountable taxation system. By adhering to these guidelines and filing timely, taxpayers can greatly enhance their financial efficiency and contribute to the robustness of the income tax framework.