Series EE Savings Bonds

Use EE bonds to

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What is an EE bond?
(EE bonds issued from May 2005 on)

These EE bonds earn the same rate of interest (a fixed rate) for up to 30 years. When you buy the bond, you know what rate of interest it will earn. Treasury announces the rate each May 1 and November 1 for new EE bonds.

See: Comparing I Bonds to EE Bonds

Were older EE bonds different?

Yes. EE bonds bought from May 1997 through April 2005 earn a rate of interest that changes every six months (a variable rate). EE bonds bought before May 1997 earn interest at different rates depending on when they were bought.

Learn more on Interest Rates – Current and Past

If I buy an EE bond now, what interest will it earn?

The interest rate for bonds bought between May 1, 2015, and October 31, 2015, is an annual rate of 0.30%.

Learn more on Interest Rates – Current and Past

Is it taxable?

Federal income tax: Yes

State and local income tax: No

See: Tax Considerations

Using the money for higher education may keep you from paying federal income tax on your interest. See: Education Planning

Minimum purchase

$25 for a $25 EE bond.

Maximum purchase

$10,000 each calendar year for each Social Security Number.

Available bonds

Any amount from $25 to $10,000 to the penny. For example, you could buy an EE Bond for $50.23.

How long must I keep an EE Bond?

EE bonds earn interest for up to 30 years.

You can cash them after 1 year. But if you cash them before 5 years, you lose the last 3 months' interest. (For example, if you cash an EE bond after 18 months, you get the first 15 months of interest.)

How do I buy an EE Bond?

In electronic form in your TreasuryDirect account

You can arrange to buy through payroll direct deposit. See http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/products/prod_tdpayrollinfo.htm.

What about E bonds?

Before the EE Series, Treasury sold E bonds.

History of U.S. Savings Bonds

All E bonds have stopped earning interest; but if you own them, you can still cash them. Redeeming (Cashing) EE Bonds

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