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The general business credit (Form 3800) is made up of many other credits, like:
The investment credit is also made up of several different credits. You'll figure each sub-investment credit separately.
Complete Form 3800 and the source credit form for each specific credit you claim. However, you might not need to complete the source credit form for some credits if both of these apply:
You should also complete it if you're claiming a credit carryover or carryback to the current year.
The general business credit can't be more than the result of this formula:
If you want to learn more, see Publication 334: Tax Guide for Small Business at www.irs.gov.