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EE Savings Bonds Matured

By Terry Savage on June 08, 2020 | Chicken Money

I found an article you wrote Nov. 22, 2015 which you explained when a EE savings bond reaches full maturity a person is obligated to cash them in and pay taxes on dividends they have accumulated. I called the Treasury and girl said IRS may penalize me if I don’t pay the tax . Don’t know what to do. The bonds were purchased Dec. 1990 and Jan. 1991. I didn’t realize I could have paid taxes on the dividends annually, now I’m stuck with 30 years of dividends. I am 77 years old. Please help if you can.

Terry Says

When you cash the bonds (at a bank) you’ll receive the full face value of those bonds — and maybe even more as the interest piled up. That’s great. Then you’ll get a tax statement for the amount of interest earned. It will be added to your ordinary income that year — and may push you into an income level that would increase the cost of your Medicare Part B, so check with your tax preparer. But this is a nice problem to have — now you’ll have cash. Don’t worry about the taxes. At least there is no STATE tax on the interest you earned.
And I don’t think the Treasury department — busy as it is these days — is going to come after you for a penalty!



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