- 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)
Remember that virtually all of the banks only recorded money investment funds securities for account holders. Only Chase and TD Bank will cash a savings bond for non-account holders; non-account holders can cash investment funds securities up to $1,000 at the other institutions we contacted.
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.
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.
Do banks have to cash savings bonds for non customers?
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 bank refuse to cash 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.
How do I avoid taxes when cashing in savings bonds?
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.
Do you pay taxes on savings bonds when cashed?
State and local taxes are not levied on savings bonds. You don’t get your interest until you redeem your bonds, so you can defer paying taxes until then, however you can choose to pay taxes on the interest you’ve earned every year. Bond interest is taxed at your marginal tax rate by the government. You must pay a 3.8 percent Medicare tax based on your investment income or the amount of adjusted gross income that exceeds the mentioned levels if you earn more than $200,000 as an individual or $250,000 as a couple. For the purposes of calculating your Medicare tax, savings bond interest is included in your investment income. You cannot redeem savings bonds during the first year of ownership, and if you do so within the first five years, you will be charged three months’ interest.
What documents do I need to cash a savings bond?
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:
Can I cash a savings bond at Walmart?
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.
Can you deposit a savings bond into 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.