Third Quarter of 2016 IRS Interest Rates

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that Third Quarter of 2016 IRS Interest Rates will remain the same for the. Third quarter begins on July 1, 2016 and ends on September 30, 2016) The Third Quarter of 2016 IRS Interest Rates:

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

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis; therefore, US taxpayers and tax professionals should refer to IRS announcements of IRS interest rates on a quarterly basis. For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points.

Third Quarter of 2016 IRS Interest Rates are relevant for various reasons; among these reasons, three main uses stand out. First, these are the rates that will be used to charge an interest on any tax owed by a taxpayer. Second, these rates will be used to calculate the interest rate that the IRS owes with respect to tax refunds on the amended US tax returns.

Finally, Third Quarter of 2016 IRS Interest Rates are relevant to PFIC default 1291 calculations. The PFIC tax that is levied on “excess distribution” is subject to IRS interest rates. Hence, if a PFIC’s holding period includes the third quarter of 2016, the tax attorney who calculates PFIC interest on the PFIC tax will need to use Third Quarter of 2016 IRS Interest Rates.

The IRS interest rates were stagnant at 3% for a very long time (from 2010 through first quarter of 2016). However, in the second quarter of 2016, the IRS raised the interest rates from 3% to 4% following the increase of the federal short-term rate from 0% to 1%. Sherayzen Law Office will continue to closely monitor the moves of the Federal Reserve to increase its interest rates in the future.

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