Interest Rates on Overpayments and Underpayments

Larry Villano, Publisher of Loopholelewy.com

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that interest rates for overpayments and underpayments will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The rates will be:

  • 3% overpayments (2% for a corporation)
  • 3% for underpayments
  • 5% for large corporate underpayments
  • one-half (0.5) percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis. For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points.

Generally, in the case of a corporation, the underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points and the overpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus 2 percentage points. The rate for large corporate underpayments is the federal short-term rate plus 5 percentage points. The rate on the portion of a corporate overpayment of tax exceeding $10,000 for a taxable period is the federal short-term rate plus one-half (0.5) of a percentage point.

The interest rates announced today are computed from the federal short-term rate determined during Oct. 2013 to take effect Nov. 1, 2013, based on daily compounding.

Revenue Ruling 2013-25 announcing the rates of interest, is will appear in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2013-52, dated Dec. 23, 2013.

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