December 02, 2002
Interest Rates Drop for the First Quarter of 2003
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today announced that the interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2003, will drop by one percentage point in each category to:
- five (5) percent for overpayments [four (4) percent in the case of a corporation];
- five (5) percent for underpayments;
- seven (7) percent for large corporate underpayments; and
- two and one-half (2.5) percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000.
These are the lowest rates since a 1975 tax law change provided that interest rates would be adjusted based on money market rates.
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 based on daily compounding determined during October 2002.
Rev. Rul. 2002-70, announcing the new rates of interest, is attached and will appear in Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2002-50, dated December 16, 2002.
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