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Department of Taxation and Finance

Interest rates: 4/01/15–6/30/15

The Tax Department establishes interest rates quarterly. The rate associated with each tax is listed below. Rates are only effective for the time period specified.

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Interest rate per annum compounded daily
Commonly viewed tax typesRefundsLate payments & assessments
Income 1/ 2% 7.5%
Sales and Use 2% 14.5% *
Withholding 2% 7.5%
Corporation 1/ 2% 7.5%
All other tax typesRefundsLate payments & assessments
Alcoholic Beverage 2% 7.5%
Beverage Container Deposits 2% 7.5%
Boxing & Wrestling 2% 7.5%
Cigarette NA 7.5%
Diesel Motor Fuel 2% 7.5%
Estate 2% 7.5%
Fuel Use Tax ** **
Generation-Skipping Transfer 2% 7.5%
Hazardous Waste 2% 15%
Highway Use 2% 7.5%
New York City Taxicab and Hail Vehicle Trip Tax 2% 7.5%
Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax 2% 7.5%
Mortgage Recording 2% 7.5%
Motor Fuel 2% 7.5%
Petroleum Business 2% 7.5%
Real Estate Transfer 2% 7.5%
Tobacco Products NA 7.5%
Waste Tire Fee 2% 7.5%

* The Tax Law requires the interest rate on sales tax assessments or late payments to be set at 14.5% for this quarter. However, if the Commissioner determines that the failure to pay or the delay in payment is due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect, the Commissioner may impose interest at the corporation tax late payment and assessment rate. That rate is 7.5% for this quarter.

** Under section 527(f) of the Tax Law, the interest rates relating to the Fuel Use tax are set pursuant to the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). For more information regarding IFTA interest rates, see

1/ There are a number of state and local governmental bodies that have interest rates tied to the overpayment and underpayment rates contained in either section 697(j) (Income Tax) or section 1096(e) (Corporation Tax) of the Tax Law. For purposes of section 697(j) and section 1096(e) of the Tax Law, the overpayment rate for this period is 2%. For purposes of section 697(j) of the Tax Law, the underpayment rate for this period is 7.5%. For purposes of section 1096(e) of the Tax Law, the underpayment rate for this period is also 7.5%.