# How to Use IPMT Function in Excel (8 Examples)

The IPMT function in Excel is used to find the interest payment of a loan amount for a certain period.

## IPMT Function: Syntax and Arguments

⦿ Function Objective

The IPMT function returns the interest payment for a given period for an investment, based on periodic, constant payments and a constant interest rate.

⦿ Syntax

`IPMT(rate, per, nper, pv, [fv], [type])`

⦿ Arguments

Argument Required/Optional Explanation
rate Required The constant interest rate for a period on the loan/investment
per Required The period for which you want to calculate the interest payment
nper Required The total number of payments during the whole period of the loan/investment
pv Required The present value of the loan/investment
[fv] Optional The future value of the loan/investment; if it is not used then zero will be taken automatically for this argument
[type] Optional It defines the due time of the payment.

• 0 is for the payments at the end of each period.
• 1 is for the payments at the beginning of each period.

When it is not used then zero will be taken automatically for this argument

⦿ Return Value

It returns a numeric value which is the interest payment for the loan for a certain period.

⦿ Version

The IPMT function has been introduced in Excel 2007 version and available for all versions after that.

## How to Use the IPMT Function in Excel: 8 Examples

We’ll use the following table for demonstrating the applications of the IPMT function in Excel.

### Example 1 – Using the IPMT Function Without Optional Arguments for a Yearly Interest Payment

For the interest payment for the loans at the end of the first year, you can use the IPMT function without optional arguments.

• Select the output cell E5.
• Use the following formula:
`=IPMT(C5,1,D5,B5)`

Here, C5 is the annual rate of interest, 1 is the period for which you want to calculate the interest payment ( as we want to know the interest payment for the first year so we have used 1), D5 is the total number of payments during the whole period and B5 is the present value of the loan.

As we have used no future value and type arguments so it will consider future value as zero and also type as zero which means payment will be made at the end of each period.

• Press Enter.
• Drag down the Fill Handle tool.

Result:
You will get the values as negative value because of the cash flow sign convention. The format of the results will be Currency and you will get the values in red and enclosed with parentheses (the Currency format for negative numbers).

You can change the format into General.

You can get the same result by inserting direct input instead of reference like below.

`=IPMT(0.05,1,D7,1000)`

### Example 2 – Using the IPMT Function with Optional Arguments

We will use the optional arguments of the IPMT function for calculating the yearly interest payments.

• Select the output cell F5.
• Insert the following formula:
`=IPMT(D5,2,E5,B5,C5,0)`

D5 is the annual rate of interest, 2 is the period for which you want to calculate the interest payment (as we want to know the interest payment for the second year so we have used 2), E5 is the total number of payments during the whole period and B5 is the present value of the loan. The future value is C5, and 0 is for the payment at the end of the period.

• Press Enter.
• Drag down the Fill Handle tool.

Result:
You will get the interest payments for the end of the second year.

You can get the interest payments at the beginning of the second year also by using the following formula

`=IPMT(D5,2,E5,B5,C5,1)`

### Example 3 – Using the IPMT Function for Semi-Annual Interest Payments

We will determine the interest payment at the end of the second half of the year by using the IPMT function.

• Select the output cell F5.
• Insert the following formula:
`=IPMT(D5/2,2,E5*2,B5)`
• D5/2→ D5 is the annual rate of interest and it divided by 2 for semi-annual payment
Output→0.025
• 2 →The period for which you want to calculate the interest payment (as we want to know the interest payment for the second half of the first year so we have used 2),
• E5*2→It is the total number of payments during the whole period (here, the total period is E5 or 7 and for semi-annual payment it is multiplied by 2)
Output→14
• B5 is the present value of the loan.

• Press Enter.
• Drag down the Fill Handle tool.

Result:
You will get the interest payments for the end of the second half of the first year.

### Example 4 – Using the IPMT Function for Quarterly Interest Payments

We will get the interest payment at the end of the 3rd quarter of the first year by using the IPMT function.

• Select the output cell E5.
• Use the following formula:
`=IPMT(C5/4,3,D5*4,B5)`
• C5/4→ C5 is the annual rate of interest and it divided by 4 for quarterly payment
Output→0.0125
• 3 →The period for which you want to calculate the interest payment (as we want to know the interest payment for the third quarter of the first year so we have used 3),
• D5*4→It is the total number of payments during the whole period (here, the total period is D5 or 7 and for quarterly payment it is multiplied by 4)
Output→28
• B5 is the present value of the loan.

• Press Enter.
• Drag down the Fill Handle tool.

Result:
You will get the interest payments for the end of the third quarter of the first year.

### Example 5 – Using the IPMT Function for Monthly Interest Payments

You can get the interest payment at the beginning of the sixth month of the first year by using the IPMT function.

• Select the output cell F5.
• Use the following formula:
`=IPMT(D5/12,6,E5*12,B5,C5,1)`
• D5/12→ D5 is the annual rate of interest and it is divided by 12 (as a year has 12 months) for monthly payment
Output→0.004167
• 6 →The period for which you want to calculate the interest payment (as we want to know the interest payment for the sixth month of the first year so we have used 6),
• E5*12→It is the total number of payments during the whole period (here, the total period is E5 or 7 and for monthly payment it is multiplied by 12)
Output→84
• B5→ Present value of the loan
• C5→ Future value of the loan
• 1→ Payment is made at the beginning of each month

• Press Enter.
• Drag down the Fill Handle tool.

Result:
You will get the interest payments for the beginning of the sixth month of the first year.

### Example 6 – Using the IPMT Function for Weekly Interest Payments

We will determine the interest payment at the beginning of the 14th week of the first year by using the IPMT function.

• Select the output cell F5.
• Use the following formula:
`=IPMT(D5/52,14,E5*52,B5,C5,1)`
• D5/52→ D5 is the annual rate of interest and it is divided by 52 (as a year has nearly 52 weeks) for weekly payment
Output→0.000962
• 14 →The period for which you want to calculate the interest payment (as we want to know the interest payment for the 14th week of the first year so we have used 14),
• E5*52→It is the total number of payments during the whole period (here, the total period is E5 or 7 and for weekly payment it is multiplied by 52)
Output→364
• B5→ Present value of the loan
• C5→ Future value of the loan
• 1→ Payment is made at the beginning of each week

• Press Enter.
• Drag down the Fill Handle tool.

Result:
You will get the interest payments for the beginning of the 14th week of the first year.

### Example 7 – Interest Payments Using the Table Option

We’ll get the interest payment for the loans at the end of the first year.

• Go to Insert tab and select Table.

The Create Table Dialog Box will open up.

• Select the data range.
• Check My table has headers.
• Press OK.

You will get the following table.

• Select the output cell E5.
• Use the following formula:
`=IPMT([@[Rate of Interest (Annual)]],1,[@[Total Payment (Annual)]],[@[Loan (PV)]])`

Here, [Rate of Interest (Annual)] is the annual rate of interest, 1 is the period for which you want to calculate the interest payment (as we want to know the interest payment for the first year so we have used 1), [Total Payment (Annual)] is the total number of payments during the whole period and [Loan (PV)] is the present value of the loan.

• Press Enter.

Result:
You will get the interest payments at the end of the first year.

### Example 8 – Using VBA Code

You can use the IPMT function in the VBA code.

• Go to the Developer tab and select Visual Basic.

The Visual Basic Editor will open up.

• Go to Insert and select Module.

A Module will be created.

• Insert the following code:
``````Sub interestpayment()

Range("F5") = Application.WorksheetFunction.IPmt((Range("D5")), 1, _
(Range("E5")), (Range("B5")), (Range("C5")), 0)

Range("F6") = Application.WorksheetFunction.IPmt((Range("D6")), 1, _
(Range("E6")), (Range("B6")), (Range("C6")), 0)

Range("F7") = Application.WorksheetFunction.IPmt((Range("D7")), 1, _
(Range("E7")), (Range("B7")), (Range("C7")), 0)

Range("F8") = Application.WorksheetFunction.IPmt((Range("D8")), 1, _
(Range("E8")), (Range("B8")), (Range("C8")), 0)

Range("F9") = Application.WorksheetFunction.IPmt((Range("D9")), 1, _
(Range("E9")), (Range("B9")), (Range("C9")), 0)

Range("F10") = Application.WorksheetFunction.IPmt((Range("D10")), 1, _
(Range("E10")), (Range("B10")), (Range("C10")), 0)

End Sub``````

It will return the interest payments in cells F5 to F10 of Column F.

• Press F5.

Result:
You will get the interest payments at the end of the first year.

## Things to Notice

• You have to be careful about specifying the arguments rate and nper for calculating interest payments for different types of periods like yearly, quarterly, monthly, etc.
• For any non-numeric arguments, you will get a #VALUE! Error.
• The results will be negative for loans (cash paid out) and positive for investments (cash received)
• When per is negative or greater than nper, you will get a #NUM! Error.

## Practice Section

We have provided a Practice section like below in a sheet named Practice.

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