IRS Announces Drop in Interest Rates


The following article is provided courtesy of CCH, Inc.


The IRS has announced that interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2001, will drop one percentage point to 8% for overpayments (7% in the case of a corporation), 8% for underpayments and 10% for large corporate underpayments. The overpayment rate for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000 will be 5.5%. The interest rates are computed from the federal short-term rate based on daily compounding determined during January 2001.

The Internal Revenue Code provides that 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 three percentage points. Generally, in the case of a corporation, the underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus three percentage points and the overpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus two percentage points. The rate for large corporate underpayments is the federal short-term rate plus five 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 of a percentage point.


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