Interest Rates remain the same for the Fourth Quarter of 2016 

September 14,2016

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Oct. 1, 2016.  The rates will be:

  • four (4) percent for over-payments (three (3) percent in the case of a corporation);
  • 1 and one-half (1.5) percent for the portion of a corporate over-payment exceeding $10,000;
  • four (4) percent for underpayments; and
  • six (6) percent for large corporate underpayments.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis.  For taxpayers other than corporations, the over-payment 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 over-payment 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 over-payment 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 are computed from the federal short-term rate determined during July 2016 to take effect Aug. 1, 2016, based on daily compounding.

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