Submitted By: someone
Answered: August 27, 2020 10:38 pm

I’m having trouble paying my taxes. What interest does the IRS charge on the outstanding amount?

The IRS interest rate on underpayments is set quarterly. For the third quarter of 2020 (July 1 through September 30), the rate for an individual is 3%. Interest compounds daily. It’s wise to request an installment payment agreement to get outstanding taxes under control. Interest will continue to accrue on the balance, but eventually, the debt will be gone.

Tax Glossary

Installment sale

A sale of property that allows for tax deferment if at least one payment is received after the end of the tax year in which the sale occurs. The installment method does not apply to year-end sales of publicly traded securities. Dealers may not use the installment method. Investors with very large installment balances could face a special tax.

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