Rev. Rul. 2020-7: No change to interest rates on tax underpayments, overpayments

Interest rates on tax underpayments, overpayments

The IRS today issued an advance release of Rev. Rul. 2020-7, announcing that interest rates on tax underpayments and tax overpayments will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2020.

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Rev. Rul. 2020-7 [PDF 292 KB] provides that the interest rates will be:

  • 5% for overpayments (4% in the case of a corporation)
  • 2.5% for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000
  • 5% for underpayments
  • 7% for large corporate underpayments

As noted in a related IRS release—IR-2020-46—the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis, and for taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points.

  • For corporations, 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 tax period is the federal short-term rate plus one-half (0.5) of a percentage point.

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