The applicable federal rates (AFRs) under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 1274(d) and the Code Section 7520 rate (7520 rate) for a particular month are published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a Revenue Ruling that is released around the 18th day of the immediately preceding month. Advance knowledge of the rates for the future month provides a window of opportunity for the quick or delayed implementation of income, gift, and estate-tax planning techniques in response to upward or downward trends. The effective implementation and management of interest-sensitive estate planning techniques also involves numerous other factors in addition to the relevant AFR or 7520 rate, including a client’s particular circumstances and should be undertaken with the advice of competent tax counsel and financial advisors.
The IRS has issued Revenue Ruling 2018-19, which provides the AFRs and 7520 rate for July 2018. Revenue Ruling 2018-19 will be in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2018-27, dated July 2, 2018.