Will Chase Bank Cash Savings Bonds?

  • West Bank/East Bank (California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas, and Washington)
  • People’s United Bank is a financial institution based in the United Kingdom (locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont)

Keep in mind that practically all of the banks on this list only provide cash savings bonds to their customers. Only Chase and TD Bank, out of the banks we contacted, will cash a savings bond for non-account holders; non-account customers can cash up to $1,000 in savings bonds.

You may be forced to provide two types of identification to cash a savings bond, according to bank staff.

Is it possible to cash a savings bond at Walmart? For more information, see our article.

Do banks have to cash non-customer savings bonds?

Since the Treasury switched to electronic issuance, no institutions can order savings bonds for their customers. Those institutions that were agents as of December 2011 must still redeem bonds and assist with transactions that cannot be done over the counter.

Your responsibility to redeem non-customer bonds for up to $1,000 stays intact. For more information, go to the Treasury’s website and look for the most recent version of the Savings Bond Resource Guide.

Can a cashier at a bank cash savings bonds?

The majority of Series EE/E and I bonds can be cashed at your local bank. Before you cash them, be sure you’ve had them for more than a year. You will lose three months’ worth of interest if you cash them before five years from the issue date.

At a financial institution, you can only redeem up to $1,000 in bonds at a time. If you require additional redemptions, visit your local bank to complete the necessary documentation to be sent to the Treasury Retail Securities Site nearest you.

  • Bring government-issued forms of identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, if you do not have or have not had an account with a banking institution for a long time.

Paper bonds

Your bank or credit union should be able to cash in your paper savings bonds. If you’re going to a financial institution where you’re not a member or customer, check to see if they’ll cash your bond before you go.

Confirm what documents you’ll need to bring with you by contacting the bank. Here’s what you should bring with you in general.

It’s important to remember that bonds can’t be cashed by just anyone. Savings bonds can only be cashed by the bond owner or co-owner, which includes “survivors,” or those identified on the bond who received ownership after the original owner died. You are not the registered owner (a savings bond is nontransferable) and cannot cash in the bond if you purchased it through an auction site like eBay.

If the child is too young to sign the payment request and the child lives with the parent — or the parent has legal custody of the child — the parent may cash in the child’s savings bond.

Anyone else who wants to cash in a bond must show proof of legal authority to do so.

You’ll sign each bond and receive the cash value at the bank. The bank will either hand you a 1099 tax form or mail it to you before the end of the tax year after you’ve cashed in your bond.

Paper bonds can also be redeemed through the mail. To cash in by mail, obtain an FS Form 1522 from the US Department of Treasury, have your signature certified, then mail the form to the address shown on the form.

Electronic bonds

By connecting into your TreasuryDirect account and setting up a direct payment to your bank or savings account, you can cash in your electronic bonds. Within two business days, the cash amount may be credited to your bank account.

Is it possible for a bank to refuse to redeem a savings bond?

Bring your bond to your bank, but not any bank. It has to be an account that you’ve owned for at least six months. If that isn’t possible, you can use a government-issued photo ID to prove your identification. The most prevalent form of identification is a driver’s license. If you need identification like a driver’s license to prove your identity, you’ll only be able to cash $1,000 in savings bonds. After that, you’ll need to sign a payment request form in front of a bank representative, confirm your social security number, and validate your current address.

As long as the child is too young to sign his or her name, a parent or guardian of a child who is the holder of a savings bond can redeem the bond.

If the bond’s original owner has passed away but the bond’s beneficiary has been named, the beneficiary can redeem the bond. Finally, a person with legal capacity to conduct business on behalf of the bond bearer can redeem the bond in particular instances. This is usually someone acting on behalf of the estate of a deceased person.

A bank may refuse to issue payment for a bond in certain situations, or may even be legally unable to do so. In these instances, the bearer may be required to redeem the bond at a Federal Reserve Bank Savings Bond Processing Site. The Treasury Department’s TreasuryDirect Web site lists the locations of these facilities.

Will Walmart accept savings bonds as payment?

As of 2022, Walmart does not cash savings bonds. Instead, you can cash a paper savings bond at a local bank or credit union. The TreasuryDirect interface can be used to cash electronic bonds. A savings bond can only be cashed after one year of ownership.

When cashing in savings bonds, how do I avoid paying taxes?

Cashing your EE or I bonds before maturity and using the money to pay for education is one strategy to avoid paying taxes on the bond interest. The interest will not be taxable if you follow these guidelines:

  • The bonds must be redeemed to pay for tuition and fees for you, your spouse, or a dependent, such as a kid listed on your tax return, at an undergraduate, graduate, or vocational school. The bonds can also be used to purchase a computer for yourself, a spouse, or a dependent. Room and board costs aren’t eligible, and grandparents can’t use this tax advantage to aid someone who isn’t classified as a dependent, such as a granddaughter.
  • The bond profits must be used to pay for educational expenses in the year when the bonds are redeemed.
  • High-earners are not eligible. For joint filers with modified adjusted gross incomes of more than $124,800 (more than $83,200 for other taxpayers), the interest exclusion begins to phase out and ceases when modified AGI reaches $154,800 ($98,200 for other filers).

The amount of interest you can omit is lowered proportionally if the profits from all EE and I bonds cashed in during the year exceed the qualified education expenditures paid that year.

To cash a savings bond, what documentation do I need?

If you want to redeem a paper E/EE or I bond, you’ll need a few items. You’ll also need confirmation of identity, such as a driver’s license from the United States. You’ll also need an FS Form 1522 that hasn’t been signed. They’ll see you sign the document and then certify your signature if you go to your local bank or credit union.

The unsigned bonds, along with the signed FS Form 1522 and, if you’re the bond’s beneficiary, accompanying legal evidence or other papers to indicate you’re entitled to cash the bond, should be sent to the US Department of Treasury at:

The same steps apply for series H or HH paper bonds, only you’ll ship the unsigned bonds to the US Treasury at:

After 30 years, how much is a $50 EE savings bond worth?

Savings bonds are regarded as one of the most secure investments available. The underlying principle is that the value of a savings bond grows over time, but it’s easy to lose track of how much it’s worth over time.

The TreasuryDirect savings bond calculator, fortunately, makes determining the value of a purchased savings bond a breeze. You’ll need the bond series, face value, serial number, and issuance date to figure out how much your savings bond is worth.

If you bought a $50 Series EE bond in May 2000, for example, you would have paid $25. At maturity, the government committed to repay the face amount plus interest, bringing the total value to $53.08 by May 2020. A $50 bond purchased for $25 30 years ago is now worth $103.68.

Is it possible to deposit a savings bond at an ATM?

Can I use an ATM or a night drop to deposit my savings bonds? Any savings bond transaction, whether depositing or cashing, must be completed in person. The teller processing the transaction must witness the endorsement of the bond, and acceptable identification must be presented.