The IRS has announced that interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2016, will remain the same. The interest rates will be 3% for overpayments (2% in the case of a corporation) and underpayments, 5% for large corporate underpayments and 0.5% for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000. The interest rates are computed by using the federal short-term rate based on daily compounding determined during October 2015. The rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis. (Rev. Rul. 2015-23, IRB. 2015-52, December 28, 2015.)
The states of Alabama and South Carolina follow the federal underpayment rate. Pennsylvania follows the federal rate in effect as of January 1 of the calendar year, without regard to quarterly changes. Illinois follows the federal underpayment rate as of January 1 and July 1 of the calendar year. Additionally, Virginia’s interest rate on tax underpayments is the federal interest rate plus 2%, while Arizona’s is the federal short-term rate plus three percentage points.
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