Series EE Savings Bonds
Series EE savings bonds are low-risk savings products that pay interest for up to 30 years. You may purchase EE bonds in electronic form via 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:
- Finance education
- Supplement retirement income
- Give as a gift
|Current Rate:||0.30% through October 31, 2015 (fixed rate)|
|Minimum purchase:||$25 for a $25 EE bond when purchased electronically via TreasuryDirect|
(per calendar year):
|$10,000 in TreasuryDirect|
|Denominations:||Electronic bonds via TreasuryDirect: purchase to the penny for $25 or more|
|Issue Method:||Electronic issue in TreasuryDirect accounts|
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.
- Minimum term of ownership: 1 year
- Interest-earning period: 30 years
- Early redemption penalties:
- Before 5 years, forfeit 3 most recent months' interest
- 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
- How do market rates affect EE bonds?
- Is my EE bond eligible for the Education Tax Exclusion?