I live in California, does Foreign Tax Paid Box apply only to US Federal, or should I add California State Tax as well?

I am not sure if I should add the California State tax that I paid to the US Federal tax that I paid and claim both for foreign tax credit, or just the US Federal tax.

I understand that all of the individual states are not bound by the US-Canada Tax Treaty, but couldn't find where does California stand in this regard.

Thank you for your help.

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Do you have a W-2 slip? If so, enter the informaiton on there according to the interview. Form T2209 only speaks of federal tax credits. Form T2036 speaks of provincial and territorial tax credits...

Here is some good information on which taxes are considered: 

Pulled from http://www.fin.gc.ca/treaties-conventions/usa_-eng.asp

Article IITaxes Covered

1. This Convention shall apply to taxes on income and on capital imposed on behalf of each Contracting State, irrespective of the manner in which they are levied.

2. Notwithstanding paragraph 1, the taxes existing on March 17, 1995 to which the Convention shall apply are:

(a) in the case of Canada, the taxes imposed by the Government of Canada under the Income Tax Act; and

(b) in the case of the United States, the Federal income taxes imposed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. However, the Convention shall apply to:

(i) the United States accumulated earnings tax and personal holding company tax, to the extent, and only to the extent, necessary to implement the provisions of paragraphs 5 and 8 of Article X (Dividends);

(ii) the United States excise taxes imposed with respect to private foundations, to the extent, and only to the extent, necessary to implement the provisions of paragraph 4 of Article XXI (Exempt Organizations);

(iii) the United States social security taxes, to the extent, and only to the extent, necessary to implement the provisions of paragraph 2 of Article XXIV (Elimination of Double Taxation) and paragraph 4 of Article XXIX (Miscellaneous Rules); and

(iv) the United States estate taxes imposed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, to the extent, and only to the extent, necessary to implement the provisions of paragraph 3(g) of Article XXVI (Mutual Agreement Procedure) and Article XXIX B (Taxes Imposed by Reason of Death).

3. The Convention shall apply also to:

(a) any taxes identical or substantially similar to those taxes to which the Convention applies under paragraph 2; and

(b) taxes on capital;

which are imposed after March 17, 1995 in addition to, or in place of, the taxes to which the Convention applies under paragraph 2.


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