As of January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds are no longer sold at financial institutions. This action supports Treasury’s goal to increase the number of electronic transactions with citizens and businesses.
Series EE savings bonds are low-risk savings products that pay interest until they reach 30 years or you cash them, whichever comes first. The only way to buy EE bonds is to buy them in electronic form in TreasuryDirect. We no longer issue EE bonds in paper form. As a TreasuryDirect account holder, you can purchase, manage, and redeem EE bonds directly from your web browser.
- Purchase EE bonds
- Learn more in EE Savings Bonds in Depth
- Convert your paper savings bonds to electronic
Use EE bonds to:
|Current rate:||0.10% for bonds issued May 2021 – October 2021|
|Guarantee:||Bonds we sell now will double in value if kept for 20 years|
|Maximum purchase |
(per calendar year):
|Denominations:||$25 and above, in penny increments|
|Issue method:||Electronic, in TreasuryDirect|
Rates & Terms
- Series EE bonds issued May 2005 and after earn a fixed rate of interest.
- EE bonds purchased between May 1997 and April 30, 2005, earn a variable rate of interest.
- Interest is added to an EE bond monthly and paid when you cash the bond.
- Paper bonds were sold at half the face value; i.e., you paid $25 for a $50 bond.
- Electronic bonds purchased via TreasuryDirect are sold at face value; i.e., you pay $25 for a $25 bond.
- At 20 years, a bond we sell now will be worth twice what you pay for it. If you keep the bond that long, we make a one-time adjustment then to fulfill this guarantee.
- Minimum term of ownership: 1 year
- Interest-earning period: 30 years or until you cash them, whichever comes first
- Early redemption penalties:
- Before 5 years, forfeit interest from previous 3 months
- After 5 years, no penalty
- Savings bonds are exempt from taxation by any State or political subdivision of a State, except for estate or inheritance taxes.
- Interest earnings are subject to Federal income tax.
- Interest earnings may be excluded from Federal income tax when bonds are used to finance education (see education tax exclusions). Restrictions apply.
EE Bond-Related FAQs
- What happens if I lose my paper bond?
- Is my EE bond eligible for the Education Tax Exclusion?