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Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Third Quarter of 2011

IR-2011-53, May 16, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2011, will remain the same as in the previous quarter. The rates will be:  

  • 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
  • one 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.  For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment 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 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 announced today are computed from the federal short-term rate during April 2011 to take effect May 1, 2011, based on daily compounding.

Revenue Ruling 2011-12, announcing the rates of interest, is attached and will appear in Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2011-26, dated June 27, 2011.

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