2018

IRS announces increased interest rates for second quarter 2018

From IRS.com

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates increased for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2018. The rates will be:

five (5) percent for overpayments [four (4) percent in the case of a corporation]; two and one-half (2.5) percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000; five (5) percent for underpayments; and seven (7) percent for large corporate underpayments. 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 determined during Jan. 2018 to take effect Feb. 1, 2018, based on daily compounding.

Revenue Ruling 2018-07, announcing the rates of interest, is attached and will appear in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2018-13, dated March 26, 2018.

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IRS Releases Updated Withholding Calculator

FROM IRS:GOV

The Internal Revenue Service released an updated Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December.

The IRS urges taxpayers to use these tools to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks.

“Following the major changes in the tax law, the IRS encourages employees to check their paychecks to help ensure they’re having the right amount of tax withheld for their personal situation,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made changes to the tax law, including increasing the standard deduction, removing personal exemptions, increasing the child tax credit, limiting or discontinuing certain deductions and changing the tax rates and brackets.

If changes to withholding should be made, the Withholding Calculator gives employees the information they need to fill out a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Employees will submit the completed W-4 to their employer.

“Withholding issues can be complicated, and the calculator is designed to help employees make changes based on their personal financial situation,” Kautter said. “Taking a few minutes can help taxpayers ensure they don’t have too little – or too much – withheld from their paycheck.”

The withholding changes do not affect 2017 tax returns due this April. However, having a completed 2017 tax return can help taxpayers work with the Withholding Calculator to determine their proper withholding for 2018 and avoid issues when they file next year.

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Resources on IRS.gov Help Taxpayers Get Ready to File Taxes

Get Ready for 2018's Tax Season!

With the tax filing season right around the corner, the IRS encourages taxpayers to visit IRS.gov for tax tools and resources. Taxpayers can resolve nearly every tax issue on the IRS website.

IRS.gov provides many self-service tools and features, including these six:

Taken from https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/resources-on-irsgov-help-taxpayers-get-ready-to-file-taxes