Some good news for taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Internal Revenue Service said interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Oct. 1, 2020. The rates will be:
- 3% for overpayments (2% in the case of a corporation);
- 0.5% for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000;
- 3% percent for underpayments; and
- 5% 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 overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points, according to an IRS news release.
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 are computed from the federal short-term rate determined during July 2020 to take effect Aug. 1, 2020, based on daily compounding, the news release stated.
Revenue Ruling 2020-18 (PDF), announcing the rates of interest will appear in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-39, dated Sept. 21, 2020.