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irs interest rate increases for q1 of 2023

While the Fed continues to increase interest rates, other entities are adjusting their own rates accordingly, the IRS included. In fact, the first quarter of 2023 has already seen a rise in IRS interest rates that took effect January 1, 2023. Here’s what it means for taxpayers. 

How much did rates increase? 

Both overpayment and underpayment rates with the IRS increased from 6% to 7%. These rates are per year and are compounded daily. The rate for overpayments corporations is 6%. If the corporation’s overpayment exceeds $10,000, the excess payment will accrue interest at a rate of 4.5%. However, if a corporation underpays, it will be charged interest on the balance due at a rate of 9%.   

How will this affect taxpayers? 

Taxpayers receive an overpayment credit when their tax payments exceed what they owe. In other words, the rate increase will be good for those still waiting for past refunds. If a taxpayer is still missing their tax refund for 2022, they will receive 7% interest from the IRS, beginning January 1, 2023. The IRS adds interest to a tax refund if it takes more than 45 days after the filing deadline to process a return and refund. As of November 18, 2022, there were still over 3 million unprocessed individual 2022 tax returns. This figure does not include unprocessed returns from the previous tax years. 

Tax Relief for Those Who Owe 

The rate increase will be good news for those still waiting to receive their 2022 tax refunds. However, this is bad news for those who owe a tax balance. If a taxpayer owes taxes but does not pay the balance in full, the remaining balance will be charged underpayment interest. Because underpayments just became more expensive, it is essential to pay off your tax debt as quickly as possible to avoid even more interest charges. Now more than ever, neglecting your tax bill can be very costly due to the interest rate increases accompanied by the regular penalties for underpayment. Optima Tax Relief and our team of qualified and dedicated tax professionals can help if you have tax debt. If you need tax help, call us at 800-536-0734 for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable tax professionals.