This article will help you:
- Identify the interest rates for the Federal or State agency
- Enter the interest rates into the tax software
Where to find Federal and state interest rates
Federal interest rates
Click here to view them.
State interest rates
Click on any state abbreviation and you will be redirected to the respective webpage for the given taxing authority.
Entering interest rates in Lacerte
To enter/edit the federal and state interest rates in the global options:
- Click on Settings.
- Click on Options.
- Select the Interest Rates tab.
- Click on the Get Interest Rates button to download the interest rates or manually enter the IRS interest rates for each period (format is X.XX).
Scroll down to the State Interest Rates section.
Enter the state rates manually for each period (format is X.XX).
To enter the state interest rates for a specific client file or for a multi-state return:
- Go to the Penalties & Interest screen:
- Screen 8, Penalties & Interest (2210) (Individual)
- Screen 11, Penalties & Interest (2220) (Corporate)
- Screen 11, Penalties & Interest (2220) (S Corporate)
- Screen 13, Penalties & Interest (2210) (Fiduciary)
- Screen 14, Penalties & Interest (Exempt Organization)
- Scroll down to the State Interest Rates section.
- Enter the applicable interest rates under the Overrides Entries in Options (10 for 10%) subsection.
- For multi-state returns (except Exempt Organization):
- Hold down Ctrl+E for the applicable quarter.
- Enter the Amount.
- Select the applicable State from the drop down menu.
- Click OK once complete.
- Repeat steps i-iii for each applicable quarter and each state.
Entering interest rates in ProSeries
ProSeries Professional calculates these amounts on the Late Payment and Filing Penalties and Interest Worksheet in the client's federal return.
To get these amounts to calculate:
- From within a client's 1040 return:
- Go to the Tools menu.
- Select Options.
- Select Miscellaneous from the left-hand navigation menu.
- Scroll down to IRS Interest Rates for Underpayment of Taxes.
- Enter the current interest rates.
- These rates will flow to the Late Payment and Filing Penalties and Interest Worksheet.
ProSeries Basic has the same table for entering interest rates, however, the Late Payment and Penalties Interest Worksheet is not supported.
Entering interest in ProConnect Tax
ProConnect Tax currently has no way to automatically calculate the federal interest due, as there is no place to enter the federal interest rates. At this time, the only solution is to manually calculate the interest due and enter it in the Interest field on the Penalties and Interest input screen.
To manually generate interest and penalty amounts for a late return:
- Go to the Input Return tab.
- On the left-side menu, select Payments, Penalties & Extensions.
- Click on Penalties and Interest (2210).
- Enter the date this return will be filed in the Filing date field.
- On the top navigation menu, select Late Return Penalty & Interest.
- Enter the manually calculated amount of interest in the Interest field.
Though the program currently is unable to automatically calculate federal interest due, it can calculate the state interest due. To automatically calculate the state interest due, you must enter the number one in the Interest (1=automatic) field and input the state interest rates in the State Interest Rates section of the Penalties and Interest (2210) input screen.