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File federal and state taxes for free   If your child is the actual owner of an account that is recorded in your name as custodian for the child, give the child's SSN to the payer. File federal and state taxes for free For example, you must give your child's SSN to the payer of interest on an account owned by your child, even though the interest is paid to you as custodian. File federal and state taxes for free Penalty for failure to supply SSN. File federal and state taxes for free   If you do not give your SSN to the payer of interest, you may have to pay a penalty. File federal and state taxes for free See Failure to supply SSN under Penalties in chapter 1. File federal and state taxes for free Backup withholding also may apply. File federal and state taxes for free Backup withholding. File federal and state taxes for free   Your interest income is generally not subject to regular withholding. 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File federal and state taxes for free   Accumulated interest on an annuity contract you sell before its maturity date is taxable. File federal and state taxes for free Usurious interest. File federal and state taxes for free   Usurious interest is interest charged at an illegal rate. File federal and state taxes for free This is taxable as interest unless state law automatically changes it to a payment on the principal. File federal and state taxes for free Interest income on frozen deposits. File federal and state taxes for free   Exclude from your gross income interest on frozen deposits. File federal and state taxes for free A deposit is frozen if, at the end of the year, you cannot withdraw any part of the deposit because: The financial institution is bankrupt or insolvent, or The state where the institution is located has placed limits on withdrawals because other financial institutions in the state are bankrupt or insolvent. File federal and state taxes for free   The amount of interest you must exclude is the interest that was credited on the frozen deposits minus the sum of: The net amount you withdrew from these deposits during the year, and The amount you could have withdrawn as of the end of the year (not reduced by any penalty for premature withdrawals of a time deposit). File federal and state taxes for free If you receive a Form 1099-INT for interest income on deposits that were frozen at the end of 2013, see Frozen deposits under How To Report Interest Income in chapter 1 of Publication 550, for information about reporting this interest income exclusion on your tax return. File federal and state taxes for free   The interest you exclude is treated as credited to your account in the following year. File federal and state taxes for free You must include it in income in the year you can withdraw it. File federal and state taxes for free Example. File federal and state taxes for free $100 of interest was credited on your frozen deposit during the year. File federal and state taxes for free You withdrew $80 but could not withdraw any more as of the end of the year. File federal and state taxes for free You must include $80 in your income and exclude $20 from your income for the year. File federal and state taxes for free You must include the $20 in your income for the year you can withdraw it. File federal and state taxes for free Bonds traded flat. File federal and state taxes for free   If you buy a bond at a discount when interest has been defaulted or when the interest has accrued but has not been paid, the transaction is described as trading a bond flat. File federal and state taxes for free The defaulted or unpaid interest is not income and is not taxable as interest if paid later. File federal and state taxes for free When you receive a payment of that interest, it is a return of capital that reduces the remaining cost basis of your bond. File federal and state taxes for free Interest that accrues after the date of purchase, however, is taxable interest income for the year it is received or accrued. File federal and state taxes for free See Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates , later, for more information. File federal and state taxes for free Below-market loans. File federal and state taxes for free   In general, a below-market loan is a loan on which no interest is charged or on which interest is charged at a rate below the applicable federal rate. File federal and state taxes for free See Below-Market Loans in chapter 1 of Publication 550 for more information. File federal and state taxes for free U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Savings Bonds This section provides tax information on U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds. File federal and state taxes for free It explains how to report the interest income on these bonds and how to treat transfers of these bonds. File federal and state taxes for free For other information on U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds, write to:  For series EE and I paper savings bonds: Bureau of the Public Debt Division of Customer Assistance P. File federal and state taxes for free O. File federal and state taxes for free Box 7012 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7012  For series EE and I electronic bonds: Bureau of the Public Debt Division of Customer Assistance P. File federal and state taxes for free O. File federal and state taxes for free Box 7015 Parkersburg, WV 26106–7015  For series HH/H: Bureau of the Public Debt Division of Customer Assistance P. File federal and state taxes for free O. File federal and state taxes for free Box 2186 Parkersburg, WV 26106-2186 Or, on the Internet, visit: www. File federal and state taxes for free treasurydirect. File federal and state taxes for free gov/indiv/indiv. File federal and state taxes for free htm. File federal and state taxes for free Accrual method taxpayers. File federal and state taxes for free   If you use an accrual method of accounting, you must report interest on U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds each year as it accrues. File federal and state taxes for free You cannot postpone reporting interest until you receive it or until the bonds mature. File federal and state taxes for free Accrual methods of accounting are explained in chapter 1 under Accounting Methods . File federal and state taxes for free Cash method taxpayers. File federal and state taxes for free   If you use the cash method of accounting, as most individual taxpayers do, you generally report the interest on U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds when you receive it. File federal and state taxes for free The cash method of accounting is explained in chapter 1 under Accounting Methods. File federal and state taxes for free But see Reporting options for cash method taxpayers , later. File federal and state taxes for free Series HH bonds. File federal and state taxes for free    These bonds were issued at face value. File federal and state taxes for free Interest is paid twice a year by direct deposit to your bank account. File federal and state taxes for free If you are a cash method taxpayer, you must report interest on these bonds as income in the year you receive it. File federal and state taxes for free   Series HH bonds were first offered in 1980 and last offered in August 2004. File federal and state taxes for free Before 1980, series H bonds were issued. File federal and state taxes for free Series H bonds are treated the same as series HH bonds. File federal and state taxes for free If you are a cash method taxpayer, you must report the interest when you receive it. File federal and state taxes for free   Series H bonds have a maturity period of 30 years. File federal and state taxes for free Series HH bonds mature in 20 years. File federal and state taxes for free The last series H bonds matured in 2009. File federal and state taxes for free Series EE and series I bonds. File federal and state taxes for free   Interest on these bonds is payable when you redeem the bonds. File federal and state taxes for free The difference between the purchase price and the redemption value is taxable interest. File federal and state taxes for free Series EE bonds. File federal and state taxes for free   Series EE bonds were first offered in January 1980 and have a maturity period of 30 years. File federal and state taxes for free   Before July 1980, series E bonds were issued. File federal and state taxes for free The original 10-year maturity period of series E bonds has been extended to 40 years for bonds issued before December 1965 and 30 years for bonds issued after November 1965. File federal and state taxes for free Paper series EE and series E bonds are issued at a discount. File federal and state taxes for free The face value is payable to you at maturity. File federal and state taxes for free Electronic series EE bonds are issued at their face value. File federal and state taxes for free The face value plus accrued interest is payable to you at maturity. File federal and state taxes for free As of January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds were no longer sold at financial institutions. File federal and state taxes for free   Owners of paper series EE bonds can convert them to electronic bonds. File federal and state taxes for free These converted bonds do not retain the denomination listed on the paper certificate but are posted at their purchase price (with accrued interest). File federal and state taxes for free Series I bonds. File federal and state taxes for free   Series I bonds were first offered in 1998. File federal and state taxes for free These are inflation-indexed bonds issued at their face amount with a maturity period of 30 years. File federal and state taxes for free The face value plus all accrued interest is payable to you at maturity. File federal and state taxes for free Reporting options for cash method taxpayers. File federal and state taxes for free   If you use the cash method of reporting income, you can report the interest on series EE, series E, and series I bonds in either of the following ways. File federal and state taxes for free Method 1. File federal and state taxes for free Postpone reporting the interest until the earlier of the year you cash or dispose of the bonds or the year they mature. File federal and state taxes for free (However, see Savings bonds traded , later. File federal and state taxes for free )  Note. File federal and state taxes for free Series EE bonds issued in 1983 matured in 2013. File federal and state taxes for free If you have used method 1, you generally must report the interest on these bonds on your 2013 return. File federal and state taxes for free The last series E bonds were issued in 1980 and matured in 2010. File federal and state taxes for free If you used method 1, you generally should have reported the interest on these bonds on your 2010 return. File federal and state taxes for free Method 2. File federal and state taxes for free Choose to report the increase in redemption value as interest each year. File federal and state taxes for free You must use the same method for all series EE, series E, and series I bonds you own. File federal and state taxes for free If you do not choose method 2 by reporting the increase in redemption value as interest each year, you must use method 1. File federal and state taxes for free    If you plan to cash your bonds in the same year you will pay for higher education expenses, you may want to use method 1 because you may be able to exclude the interest from your income. File federal and state taxes for free To learn how, see Education Savings Bond Program, later. File federal and state taxes for free Change from method 1. File federal and state taxes for free   If you want to change your method of reporting the interest from method 1 to method 2, you can do so without permission from the IRS. File federal and state taxes for free In the year of change you must report all interest accrued to date and not previously reported for all your bonds. File federal and state taxes for free   Once you choose to report the interest each year, you must continue to do so for all series EE, series E, and series I bonds you own and for any you get later, unless you request permission to change, as explained next. File federal and state taxes for free Change from method 2. File federal and state taxes for free   To change from method 2 to method 1, you must request permission from the IRS. File federal and state taxes for free Permission for the change is automatically granted if you send the IRS a statement that meets all the following requirements. File federal and state taxes for free You have typed or printed the following number at the top: “131. File federal and state taxes for free ” It includes your name and social security number under “131. File federal and state taxes for free ” It includes the year of change (both the beginning and ending dates). File federal and state taxes for free It identifies the savings bonds for which you are requesting this change. File federal and state taxes for free It includes your agreement to: Report all interest on any bonds acquired during or after the year of change when the interest is realized upon disposition, redemption, or final maturity, whichever is earliest, and Report all interest on the bonds acquired before the year of change when the interest is realized upon disposition, redemption, or final maturity, whichever is earliest, with the exception of the interest reported in prior tax years. File federal and state taxes for free   You must attach this statement to your tax return for the year of change, which you must file by the due date (including extensions). File federal and state taxes for free   You can have an automatic extension of 6 months from the due date of your return for the year of change (excluding extensions) to file the statement with an amended return. File federal and state taxes for free On the statement, type or print “Filed pursuant to section 301. File federal and state taxes for free 9100-2. File federal and state taxes for free ” To get this extension, you must have filed your original return for the year of the change by the due date (including extensions). File federal and state taxes for free    By the date you file the original statement with your return, you must also send a signed copy to the address below. File federal and state taxes for free   Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A (Automatic Rulings Branch) P. File federal and state taxes for free O. File federal and state taxes for free Box 7604 Benjamin Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044   If you use a private delivery service, send the signed copy to the address below. File federal and state taxes for free   Internal Revenue Service Attention: CC:IT&A (Automatic Rulings Branch) Room 5336 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW  Washington, DC 20224   Instead of filing this statement, you can request permission to change from method 2 to method 1 by filing Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. File federal and state taxes for free In that case, follow the form instructions for an automatic change. File federal and state taxes for free No user fee is required. File federal and state taxes for free Co-owners. File federal and state taxes for free   If a U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bond is issued in the names of co-owners, such as you and your child or you and your spouse, interest on the bond is generally taxable to the co-owner who bought the bond. File federal and state taxes for free One co-owner's funds used. File federal and state taxes for free    If you used your funds to buy the bond, you must pay the tax on the interest. File federal and state taxes for free This is true even if you let the other co-owner redeem the bond and keep all the proceeds. File federal and state taxes for free Under these circumstances, the co-owner who redeemed the bond will receive a Form 1099-INT at the time of redemption and must provide you with another Form 1099-INT showing the amount of interest from the bond taxable to you. File federal and state taxes for free The co-owner who redeemed the bond is a “nominee. File federal and state taxes for free ” See Nominee distributions under How To Report Interest Income in chapter 1 of Publication 550 for more information about how a person who is a nominee reports interest income belonging to another person. File federal and state taxes for free Both co-owners' funds used. File federal and state taxes for free   If you and the other co-owner each contribute part of the bond's purchase price, the interest is generally taxable to each of you, in proportion to the amount each of you paid. File federal and state taxes for free Community property. File federal and state taxes for free   If you and your spouse live in a community property state and hold bonds as community property, one-half of the interest is considered received by each of you. File federal and state taxes for free If you file separate returns, each of you generally must report one-half of the bond interest. File federal and state taxes for free For more information about community property, see Publication 555. File federal and state taxes for free Table 7-1. File federal and state taxes for free   These rules are also shown in Table 7-1. File federal and state taxes for free Ownership transferred. File federal and state taxes for free   If you bought series E, series EE, or series I bonds entirely with your own funds and had them reissued in your co-owner's name or beneficiary's name alone, you must include in your gross income for the year of reissue all interest that you earned on these bonds and have not previously reported. File federal and state taxes for free But, if the bonds were reissued in your name alone, you do not have to report the interest accrued at that time. File federal and state taxes for free   This same rule applies when bonds (other than bonds held as community property) are transferred between spouses or incident to divorce. File federal and state taxes for free Purchased jointly. File federal and state taxes for free   If you and a co-owner each contributed funds to buy series E, series EE, or series I bonds jointly and later have the bonds reissued in the co-owner's name alone, you must include in your gross income for the year of reissue your share of all the interest earned on the bonds that you have not previously reported. File federal and state taxes for free The former co-owner does not have to include in gross income at the time of reissue his or her share of the interest earned that was not reported before the transfer. File federal and state taxes for free This interest, however, as well as all interest earned after the reissue, is income to the former co-owner. File federal and state taxes for free   This income-reporting rule also applies when the bonds are reissued in the name of your former co-owner and a new co-owner. File federal and state taxes for free But the new co-owner will report only his or her share of the interest earned after the transfer. File federal and state taxes for free   If bonds that you and a co-owner bought jointly are reissued to each of you separately in the same proportion as your contribution to the purchase price, neither you nor your co-owner has to report at that time the interest earned before the bonds were reissued. File federal and state taxes for free    Table 7-1. File federal and state taxes for free Who Pays the Tax on U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Savings Bond Interest IF . File federal and state taxes for free . File federal and state taxes for free . File federal and state taxes for free THEN the interest must be reported by . File federal and state taxes for free . File federal and state taxes for free . File federal and state taxes for free you buy a bond in your name and the name of another person as co-owners, using only your own funds you. File federal and state taxes for free you buy a bond in the name of another person, who is the sole owner of the bond the person for whom you bought the bond. File federal and state taxes for free you and another person buy a bond as co-owners, each contributing part of the purchase price both you and the other co-owner, in proportion to the amount each paid for the bond. File federal and state taxes for free you and your spouse, who live in a community property state, buy a bond that is community property you and your spouse. File federal and state taxes for free If you file separate returns, both you and your spouse generally report one-half of the interest. File federal and state taxes for free Example 1. File federal and state taxes for free You and your spouse each spent an equal amount to buy a $1,000 series EE savings bond. File federal and state taxes for free The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. File federal and state taxes for free You both postpone reporting interest on the bond. File federal and state taxes for free You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. File federal and state taxes for free At that time neither you nor your spouse has to report the interest earned to the date of reissue. File federal and state taxes for free Example 2. File federal and state taxes for free You bought a $1,000 series EE savings bond entirely with your own funds. File federal and state taxes for free The bond was issued to you and your spouse as co-owners. File federal and state taxes for free You both postpone reporting interest on the bond. File federal and state taxes for free You later have the bond reissued as two $500 bonds, one in your name and one in your spouse's name. File federal and state taxes for free You must report half the interest earned to the date of reissue. File federal and state taxes for free Transfer to a trust. File federal and state taxes for free   If you own series E, series EE, or series I bonds and transfer them to a trust, giving up all rights of ownership, you must include in your income for that year the interest earned to the date of transfer if you have not already reported it. File federal and state taxes for free However, if you are considered the owner of the trust and if the increase in value both before and after the transfer continues to be taxable to you, you can continue to defer reporting the interest earned each year. File federal and state taxes for free You must include the total interest in your income in the year you cash or dispose of the bonds or the year the bonds finally mature, whichever is earlier. File federal and state taxes for free   The same rules apply to previously unreported interest on series EE or series E bonds if the transfer to a trust consisted of series HH or series H bonds you acquired in a trade for the series EE or series E bonds. File federal and state taxes for free See Savings bonds traded , later. File federal and state taxes for free Decedents. File federal and state taxes for free   The manner of reporting interest income on series E, series EE, or series I bonds, after the death of the owner (decedent), depends on the accounting and income-reporting methods previously used by the decedent. File federal and state taxes for free This is explained in chapter 1 of Publication 550. File federal and state taxes for free Savings bonds traded. File federal and state taxes for free   If you postponed reporting the interest on your series EE or series E bonds, you did not recognize taxable income when you traded the bonds for series HH or series H bonds, unless you received cash in the trade. File federal and state taxes for free (You cannot trade series I bonds for series HH bonds. File federal and state taxes for free After August 31, 2004, you cannot trade any other series of bonds for series HH bonds. File federal and state taxes for free ) Any cash you received is income up to the amount of the interest earned on the bonds traded. File federal and state taxes for free When your series HH or series H bonds mature, or if you dispose of them before maturity, you report as interest the difference between their redemption value and your cost. File federal and state taxes for free Your cost is the sum of the amount you paid for the traded series EE or series E bonds plus any amount you had to pay at the time of the trade. File federal and state taxes for free Example. File federal and state taxes for free You traded series EE bonds (on which you postponed reporting the interest) for $2,500 in series HH bonds and $223 in cash. File federal and state taxes for free You reported the $223 as taxable income on your tax return. File federal and state taxes for free At the time of the trade, the series EE bonds had accrued interest of $523 and a redemption value of $2,723. File federal and state taxes for free You hold the series HH bonds until maturity, when you receive $2,500. File federal and state taxes for free You must report $300 as interest income in the year of maturity. File federal and state taxes for free This is the difference between their redemption value, $2,500, and your cost, $2,200 (the amount you paid for the series EE bonds). File federal and state taxes for free (It is also the difference between the accrued interest of $523 on the series EE bonds and the $223 cash received on the trade. File federal and state taxes for free ) Choice to report interest in year of trade. File federal and state taxes for free   You could have chosen to treat all of the previously unreported accrued interest on the series EE or series E bonds traded for series HH bonds as income in the year of the trade. File federal and state taxes for free If you made this choice, it is treated as a change from method 1. File federal and state taxes for free See Change from method 1 under Series EE and series I bonds, earlier. File federal and state taxes for free Form 1099-INT for U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds interest. File federal and state taxes for free   When you cash a bond, the bank or other payer that redeems it must give you a Form 1099-INT if the interest part of the payment you receive is $10 or more. File federal and state taxes for free Box 3 of your Form 1099-INT should show the interest as the difference between the amount you received and the amount paid for the bond. File federal and state taxes for free However, your Form 1099-INT may show more interest than you have to include on your income tax return. File federal and state taxes for free For example, this may happen if any of the following are true. File federal and state taxes for free You chose to report the increase in the redemption value of the bond each year. File federal and state taxes for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by amounts previously included in income. File federal and state taxes for free You received the bond from a decedent. File federal and state taxes for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by any interest reported by the decedent before death, or on the decedent's final return, or by the estate on the estate's income tax return. File federal and state taxes for free Ownership of the bond was transferred. File federal and state taxes for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by interest that accrued before the transfer. File federal and state taxes for free You were named as a co-owner, and the other co-owner contributed funds to buy the bond. File federal and state taxes for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the amount you received as nominee for the other co-owner. File federal and state taxes for free (See Co-owners , earlier in this chapter, for more information about the reporting requirements. File federal and state taxes for free ) You received the bond in a taxable distribution from a retirement or profit-sharing plan. File federal and state taxes for free The interest shown on your Form 1099-INT will not be reduced by the interest portion of the amount taxable as a distribution from the plan and not taxable as interest. File federal and state taxes for free (This amount is generally shown on Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. File federal and state taxes for free , for the year of distribution. File federal and state taxes for free )   For more information on including the correct amount of interest on your return, see How To Report Interest Income , later. File federal and state taxes for free Publication 550 includes examples showing how to report these amounts. File federal and state taxes for free    Interest on U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds is exempt from state and local taxes. File federal and state taxes for free The Form 1099-INT you receive will indicate the amount that is for U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bond interest in box 3. File federal and state taxes for free Education Savings Bond Program You may be able to exclude from income all or part of the interest you receive on the redemption of qualified U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds during the year if you pay qualified higher educational expenses during the same year. File federal and state taxes for free This exclusion is known as the Education Savings Bond Program. File federal and state taxes for free You do not qualify for this exclusion if your filing status is married filing separately. File federal and state taxes for free Form 8815. File federal and state taxes for free   Use Form 8815 to figure your exclusion. File federal and state taxes for free Attach the form to your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. File federal and state taxes for free Qualified U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds. File federal and state taxes for free   A qualified U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bond is a series EE bond issued after 1989 or a series I bond. File federal and state taxes for free The bond must be issued either in your name (sole owner) or in your and your spouse's names (co-owners). File federal and state taxes for free You must be at least 24 years old before the bond's issue date. File federal and state taxes for free For example, a bond bought by a parent and issued in the name of his or her child under age 24 does not qualify for the exclusion by the parent or child. File federal and state taxes for free    The issue date of a bond may be earlier than the date the bond is purchased because the issue date assigned to a bond is the first day of the month in which it is purchased. File federal and state taxes for free Beneficiary. File federal and state taxes for free   You can designate any individual (including a child) as a beneficiary of the bond. File federal and state taxes for free Verification by IRS. File federal and state taxes for free   If you claim the exclusion, the IRS will check it by using bond redemption information from the Department of the Treasury. File federal and state taxes for free Qualified expenses. File federal and state taxes for free   Qualified higher educational expenses are tuition and fees required for you, your spouse, or your dependent (for whom you claim an exemption) to attend an eligible educational institution. File federal and state taxes for free   Qualified expenses include any contribution you make to a qualified tuition program or to a Coverdell education savings account. File federal and state taxes for free   Qualified expenses do not include expenses for room and board or for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies that are not part of a degree or certificate granting program. File federal and state taxes for free Eligible educational institutions. File federal and state taxes for free   These institutions include most public, private, and nonprofit universities, colleges, and vocational schools that are accredited and eligible to participate in student aid programs run by the U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Department of Education. File federal and state taxes for free Reduction for certain benefits. File federal and state taxes for free   You must reduce your qualified higher educational expenses by all of the following tax-free benefits. File federal and state taxes for free Tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Scholarships and fellowships in chapter 12). File federal and state taxes for free Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a Coverdell ESA. File federal and state taxes for free Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a qualified tuition program. File federal and state taxes for free Any tax-free payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received for educational expenses, such as Veterans' educational assistance benefits, Qualified tuition reductions, or Employer-provided educational assistance. File federal and state taxes for free Any expense used in figuring the American Opportunity and lifetime learning credits. File federal and state taxes for free Amount excludable. File federal and state taxes for free   If the total proceeds (interest and principal) from the qualified U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds you redeem during the year are not more than your adjusted qualified higher educational expenses for the year, you may be able to exclude all of the interest. File federal and state taxes for free If the proceeds are more than the expenses, you may be able to exclude only part of the interest. File federal and state taxes for free   To determine the excludable amount, multiply the interest part of the proceeds by a fraction. File federal and state taxes for free The numerator of the fraction is the qualified higher educational expenses you paid during the year. File federal and state taxes for free The denominator of the fraction is the total proceeds you received during the year. File federal and state taxes for free Example. File federal and state taxes for free In February 2013, Mark and Joan, a married couple, cashed a qualified series EE U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bond they bought in April 1997. File federal and state taxes for free They received proceeds of $8,372 representing principal of $5,000 and interest of $3,372. File federal and state taxes for free In 2013, they paid $4,000 of their daughter's college tuition. File federal and state taxes for free They are not claiming an education credit for that amount, and their daughter does not have any tax-free educational assistance. File federal and state taxes for free They can exclude $1,611 ($3,372 × ($4,000 ÷ $8,372)) of interest in 2013. File federal and state taxes for free They must pay tax on the remaining $1,761 ($3,372 − $1,611) interest. File federal and state taxes for free Modified adjusted gross income limit. File federal and state taxes for free   The interest exclusion is limited if your modified adjusted gross income (modified AGI) is: $74,700 to $89,700 for taxpayers filing single or head of household, and $112,050 to $142,050 for married taxpayers filing jointly or for a qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. File federal and state taxes for free You do not qualify for the interest exclusion if your modified AGI is equal to or more than the upper limit for your filing status. File federal and state taxes for free   Modified AGI, for purposes of this exclusion, is adjusted gross income (Form 1040, line 37, or Form 1040A, line 21) figured before the interest exclusion, and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion and deduction, Exclusion of income for bona fide residents of American Samoa, Exclusion for income from Puerto Rico, Exclusion for adoption benefits received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Deduction for tuition and fees, Deduction for student loan interest, and Deduction for domestic production activities. File federal and state taxes for free   Use the Line 9 Worksheet in the Form 8815 instructions to figure your modified AGI. File federal and state taxes for free If you claim any of the exclusion or deduction items listed above (except items 6, 7, and 8), add the amount of the exclusion or deduction (except items 6, 7, and 8) to the amount on line 5 of the worksheet, and enter the total on Form 8815, line 9, as your modified AGI. File federal and state taxes for free   If you have investment interest expense incurred to earn royalties and other investment income, see Education Savings Bond Program in chapter 1 of Publication 550. File federal and state taxes for free Recordkeeping. File federal and state taxes for free If you claim the interest exclusion, you must keep a written record of the qualified U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds you redeem. File federal and state taxes for free Your record must include the serial number, issue date, face value, and total redemption proceeds (principal and interest) of each bond. File federal and state taxes for free You can use Form 8818 to record this information. File federal and state taxes for free You should also keep bills, receipts, canceled checks, or other documentation that shows you paid qualified higher educational expenses during the year. File federal and state taxes for free U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds Treasury bills, notes, and bonds are direct debts (obligations) of the U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Government. File federal and state taxes for free Taxation of interest. File federal and state taxes for free   Interest income from Treasury bills, notes, and bonds is subject to federal income tax but is exempt from all state and local income taxes. File federal and state taxes for free You should receive Form 1099-INT showing the interest (in box 3) paid to you for the year. File federal and state taxes for free   Payments of principal and interest generally will be credited to your designated checking or savings account by direct deposit through the TreasuryDirect® system. File federal and state taxes for free Treasury bills. File federal and state taxes for free   These bills generally have a 4-week, 13-week, 26-week, or 52-week maturity period. File federal and state taxes for free They are generally issued at a discount in the amount of $100 and multiples of $100. File federal and state taxes for free The difference between the discounted price you pay for the bills and the face value you receive at maturity is interest income. File federal and state taxes for free Generally, you report this interest income when the bill is paid at maturity. File federal and state taxes for free If you paid a premium for a bill (more than the face value), you generally report the premium as a section 171 deduction when the bill is paid at maturity. File federal and state taxes for free Treasury notes and bonds. File federal and state taxes for free   Treasury notes have maturity periods of more than 1 year, ranging up to 10 years. File federal and state taxes for free Maturity periods for Treasury bonds are longer than 10 years. File federal and state taxes for free Both generally are issued in denominations of $100 to $1 million and generally pay interest every 6 months. File federal and state taxes for free Generally, you report this interest for the year paid. File federal and state taxes for free For more information, see U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds in chapter 1 of Publication 550. File federal and state taxes for free For other information on Treasury notes or bonds, write to:  Bureau of the Public Debt P. File federal and state taxes for free O. File federal and state taxes for free Box 7015 Parkersburg, WV 26106-7015 Or, on the Internet, visit: www. File federal and state taxes for free treasurydirect. File federal and state taxes for free gov/indiv/indiv. File federal and state taxes for free htm. File federal and state taxes for free For information on series EE, series I, and series HH savings bonds, see U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Savings Bonds , earlier. File federal and state taxes for free Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS). File federal and state taxes for free   These securities pay interest twice a year at a fixed rate, based on a principal amount adjusted to take into account inflation and deflation. File federal and state taxes for free For the tax treatment of these securities, see Inflation-Indexed Debt Instruments under Original Issue Discount (OID), in Publication 550. 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File federal and state taxes for free State or Local Government Obligations Interest on a bond used to finance government operations generally is not taxable if the bond is issued by a state, the District of Columbia, a possession of the United States, or any of their political subdivisions. File federal and state taxes for free Bonds issued after 1982 (including tribal economic development bonds issued after February 17, 2009) by an Indian tribal government are treated as issued by a state. File federal and state taxes for free Interest on these bonds is generally tax exempt if the bonds are part of an issue of which substantially all proceeds are to be used in the exercise of any essential government function. File federal and state taxes for free For information on federally guaranteed bonds, mortgage revenue bonds, arbitrage bonds, private activity bonds, qualified tax credit bonds, and Build America bonds, see State or Local Government Obligations in chapter 1 of Publication 550. File federal and state taxes for free Information reporting requirement. File federal and state taxes for free   If you must file a tax return, you are required to show any tax-exempt interest you received on your return. File federal and state taxes for free This is an information reporting requirement only. File federal and state taxes for free It does not change tax-exempt interest to taxable interest. File federal and state taxes for free Original Issue Discount (OID) Original issue discount (OID) is a form of interest. File federal and state taxes for free You generally include OID in your income as it accrues over the term of the debt instrument, whether or not you receive any payments from the issuer. File federal and state taxes for free A debt instrument generally has OID when the instrument is issued for a price that is less than its stated redemption price at maturity. File federal and state taxes for free OID is the difference between the stated redemption price at maturity and the issue price. File federal and state taxes for free All debt instruments that pay no interest before maturity are presumed to be issued at a discount. File federal and state taxes for free Zero coupon bonds are one example of these instruments. File federal and state taxes for free The OID accrual rules generally do not apply to short-term obligations (those with a fixed maturity date of 1 year or less from date of issue). File federal and state taxes for free See Discount on Short-Term Obligations in chapter 1 of Publication 550. File federal and state taxes for free De minimis OID. File federal and state taxes for free   You can treat the discount as zero if it is less than one-fourth of 1% (. File federal and state taxes for free 0025) of the stated redemption price at maturity multiplied by the number of full years from the date of original issue to maturity. File federal and state taxes for free This small discount is known as “de minimis” OID. File federal and state taxes for free Example 1. File federal and state taxes for free You bought a 10-year bond with a stated redemption price at maturity of $1,000, issued at $980 with OID of $20. File federal and state taxes for free One-fourth of 1% of $1,000 (stated redemption price) times 10 (the number of full years from the date of original issue to maturity) equals $25. File federal and state taxes for free Because the $20 discount is less than $25, the OID is treated as zero. File federal and state taxes for free (If you hold the bond at maturity, you will recognize $20 ($1,000 − $980) of capital gain. File federal and state taxes for free ) Example 2. File federal and state taxes for free The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that the bond was issued at $950. File federal and state taxes for free The OID is $50. File federal and state taxes for free Because the $50 discount is more than the $25 figured in Example 1, you must include the OID in income as it accrues over the term of the bond. File federal and state taxes for free Debt instrument bought after original issue. File federal and state taxes for free   If you buy a debt instrument with de minimis OID at a premium, the discount is not includible in income. File federal and state taxes for free If you buy a debt instrument with de minimis OID at a discount, the discount is reported under the market discount rules. File federal and state taxes for free See Market Discount Bonds in chapter 1 of Publication 550. File federal and state taxes for free Exceptions to reporting OID. File federal and state taxes for free   The OID rules discussed in this chapter do not apply to the following debt instruments. File federal and state taxes for free Tax-exempt obligations. File federal and state taxes for free (However, see Stripped tax-exempt obligations under Stripped Bonds and Coupons in chapter 1 of Publication 550). File federal and state taxes for free U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds. File federal and state taxes for free Short-term debt instruments (those with a fixed maturity date of not more than 1 year from the date of issue). File federal and state taxes for free Obligations issued by an individual before March 2, 1984. File federal and state taxes for free Loans between individuals if all the following are true. File federal and state taxes for free The lender is not in the business of lending money. File federal and state taxes for free The amount of the loan, plus the amount of any outstanding prior loans between the same individuals, is $10,000 or less. File federal and state taxes for free Avoiding any federal tax is not one of the principal purposes of the loan. File federal and state taxes for free Form 1099-OID. File federal and state taxes for free   The issuer of the debt instrument (or your broker if you held the instrument through a broker) should give you Form 1099-OID, or a similar statement, if the total OID for the calendar year is $10 or more. File federal and state taxes for free Form 1099-OID will show, in box 1, the amount of OID for the part of the year that you held the bond. File federal and state taxes for free It also will show, in box 2, the stated interest you must include in your income. File federal and state taxes for free A copy of Form 1099-OID will be sent to the IRS. File federal and state taxes for free Do not file your copy with your return. File federal and state taxes for free Keep it for your records. File federal and state taxes for free   In most cases, you must report the entire amount in boxes 1 and 2 of Form 1099-OID as interest income. File federal and state taxes for free But see Refiguring OID shown on Form 1099-OID, later in this discussion, for more information. File federal and state taxes for free Form 1099-OID not received. File federal and state taxes for free   If you had OID for the year but did not receive a Form 1099-OID, you can find tables on IRS. File federal and state taxes for free gov that list total OID on certain debt instruments and have information that will help you figure OID. File federal and state taxes for free For the latest OID tables, go to www. File federal and state taxes for free irs. File federal and state taxes for free gov and enter “OID tables” in the Search box. File federal and state taxes for free If your debt instrument is not listed, consult the issuer for further information about the accrued OID for the year. File federal and state taxes for free Nominee. File federal and state taxes for free   If someone else is the holder of record (the registered owner) of an OID instrument belonging to you and receives a Form 1099-OID on your behalf, that person must give you a Form 1099-OID. File federal and state taxes for free Refiguring OID shown on Form 1099-OID. File federal and state taxes for free   You must refigure the OID shown in box 1 or box 8 of Form 1099-OID if either of the following apply. File federal and state taxes for free You bought the debt instrument after its original issue and paid a premium or an acquisition premium. File federal and state taxes for free The debt instrument is a stripped bond or a stripped coupon (including certain zero coupon instruments). File federal and state taxes for free For information about figuring the correct amount of OID to include in your income, see Figuring OID on Long-Term Debt Instruments in Publication 1212. File federal and state taxes for free Refiguring periodic interest shown on Form 1099-OID. File federal and state taxes for free   If you disposed of a debt instrument or acquired it from another holder during the year, see Bonds Sold Between Interest Dates , earlier, for information about the treatment of periodic interest that may be shown in box 2 of Form 1099-OID for that instrument. File federal and state taxes for free Certificates of deposit (CDs). File federal and state taxes for free   If you buy a CD with a maturity of more than 1 year, you must include in income each year a part of the total interest due and report it in the same manner as other OID. File federal and state taxes for free   This also applies to similar deposit arrangements with banks, building and loan associations, etc. File federal and state taxes for free , including: Time deposits, Bonus plans, Savings certificates, Deferred income certificates, Bonus savings certificates, and Growth savings certificates. File federal and state taxes for free Bearer CDs. File federal and state taxes for free   CDs issued after 1982 generally must be in registered form. File federal and state taxes for free Bearer CDs are CDs not in registered form. File federal and state taxes for free They are not issued in the depositor's name and are transferable from one individual to another. File federal and state taxes for free   Banks must provide the IRS and the person redeeming a bearer CD with a Form 1099-INT. File federal and state taxes for free More information. File federal and state taxes for free   See chapter 1 of Publication 550 for more information about OID and related topics, such as market discount bonds. File federal and state taxes for free When To Report Interest Income When to report your interest income depends on whether you use the cash method or an accrual method to report income. File federal and state taxes for free Cash method. File federal and state taxes for free   Most individual taxpayers use the cash method. File federal and state taxes for free If you use this method, you generally report your interest income in the year in which you actually or constructively receive it. File federal and state taxes for free However, there are special rules for reporting the discount on certain debt instruments. File federal and state taxes for free See U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Savings Bonds and Original Issue Discount (OID) , earlier. File federal and state taxes for free Example. File federal and state taxes for free On September 1, 2011, you loaned another individual $2,000 at 12%, compounded annually. File federal and state taxes for free You are not in the business of lending money. File federal and state taxes for free The note stated that principal and interest would be due on August 31, 2013. File federal and state taxes for free In 2013, you received $2,508. File federal and state taxes for free 80 ($2,000 principal and $508. File federal and state taxes for free 80 interest). File federal and state taxes for free If you use the cash method, you must include in income on your 2013 return the $508. File federal and state taxes for free 80 interest you received in that year. File federal and state taxes for free Constructive receipt. File federal and state taxes for free   You constructively receive income when it is credited to your account or made available to you. File federal and state taxes for free You do not need to have physical possession of it. File federal and state taxes for free For example, you are considered to receive interest, dividends, or other earnings on any deposit or account in a bank, savings and loan, or similar financial institution, or interest on life insurance policy dividends left to accumulate, when they are credited to your account and subject to your withdrawal. File federal and state taxes for free This is true even if they are not yet entered in your passbook. File federal and state taxes for free   You constructively receive income on the deposit or account even if you must: Make withdrawals in multiples of even amounts, Give a notice to withdraw before making the withdrawal, Withdraw all or part of the account to withdraw the earnings, or Pay a penalty on early withdrawals, unless the interest you are to receive on an early withdrawal or redemption is substantially less than the interest payable at maturity. File federal and state taxes for free Accrual method. File federal and state taxes for free   If you use an accrual method, you report your interest income when you earn it, whether or not you have received it. File federal and state taxes for free Interest is earned over the term of the debt instrument. File federal and state taxes for free Example. File federal and state taxes for free If, in the previous example, you use an accrual method, you must include the interest in your income as you earn it. File federal and state taxes for free You would report the interest as follows: 2011, $80; 2012, $249. File federal and state taxes for free 60; and 2013, $179. File federal and state taxes for free 20. File federal and state taxes for free Coupon bonds. File federal and state taxes for free   Interest on coupon bonds is taxable in the year the coupon becomes due and payable. File federal and state taxes for free It does not matter when you mail the coupon for payment. File federal and state taxes for free How To Report Interest Income Generally, you report all your taxable interest income on Form 1040, line 8a; Form 1040A, line 8a; or Form 1040EZ, line 2. File federal and state taxes for free You cannot use Form 1040EZ if your taxable interest income is more than $1,500. File federal and state taxes for free Instead, you must use Form 1040A or Form 1040. File federal and state taxes for free Form 1040A. File federal and state taxes for free   You must complete Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), Part I, if you file Form 1040A and any of the following are true. File federal and state taxes for free Your taxable interest income is more than $1,500. File federal and state taxes for free You are claiming the interest exclusion under the Education Savings Bond Program (discussed earlier). File federal and state taxes for free You received interest from a seller-financed mortgage, and the buyer used the property as a home. File federal and state taxes for free You received a Form 1099-INT for U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bond interest that includes amounts you reported before 2013. File federal and state taxes for free You received, as a nominee, interest that actually belongs to someone else. File federal and state taxes for free You received a Form 1099-INT for interest on frozen deposits. File federal and state taxes for free You are reporting OID in an amount less than the amount shown on Form 1099-OID. File federal and state taxes for free You received a Form 1099-INT for interest on a bond you bought between interest payment dates. File federal and state taxes for free You acquired taxable bonds after 1987 and choose to reduce interest income from the bonds by any amortizable bond premium (see Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 of Publication 550). File federal and state taxes for free List each payer's name and the amount of interest income received from each payer on line 1. File federal and state taxes for free If you received a Form 1099-INT or Form 1099-OID from a brokerage firm, list the brokerage firm as the payer. File federal and state taxes for free   You cannot use Form 1040A if you must use Form 1040, as described next. File federal and state taxes for free Form 1040. File federal and state taxes for free   You must use Form 1040 instead of Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ if: You forfeited interest income because of the early withdrawal of a time deposit; You acquired taxable bonds after 1987, you choose to reduce interest income from the bonds by any amortizable bond premium, and you are deducting the excess of bond premium amortization for the accrual period over the qualified stated interest for the period (see Bond Premium Amortization in chapter 3 of Publication 550); or You received tax-exempt interest from private activity bonds issued after August 7, 1986. File federal and state taxes for free Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040). File federal and state taxes for free   You must complete Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), Part I, if you file Form 1040 and any of the following apply. File federal and state taxes for free Your taxable interest income is more than $1,500. File federal and state taxes for free You are claiming the interest exclusion under the Education Savings Bond Program (discussed earlier). File federal and state taxes for free You received interest from a seller-financed mortgage, and the buyer used the property as a home. File federal and state taxes for free You received a Form 1099-INT for U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bond interest that includes amounts you reported before 2013. File federal and state taxes for free You received, as a nominee, interest that actually belongs to someone else. File federal and state taxes for free You received a Form 1099-INT for interest on frozen deposits. File federal and state taxes for free You received a Form 1099-INT for interest on a bond you bought between interest payment dates. File federal and state taxes for free You are reporting OID in an amount less than the amount shown on Form 1099-OID. File federal and state taxes for free Statement (2) in the preceding list under Form 1040 is true. File federal and state taxes for free In Part I, line 1, list each payer's name and the amount received from each. File federal and state taxes for free If you received a Form 1099-INT or Form 1099-OID from a brokerage firm, list the brokerage firm as the payer. File federal and state taxes for free Reporting tax-exempt interest. File federal and state taxes for free   Total your tax-exempt interest (such as interest or accrued OID on certain state and municipal bonds, including tax-exempt interest on zero coupon municipal bonds) and exempt-interest dividends from a mutual fund as shown on Form 1099-INT, box 8, and on Form 1099-DIV, box 10. File federal and state taxes for free Add these amounts to any other tax-exempt interest you received. File federal and state taxes for free Report the total on line 8b of Form 1040A or 1040. File federal and state taxes for free   If you file Form 1040EZ, enter “TEI” and the amount in the space to the left of line 2. File federal and state taxes for free Do not add tax-exempt interest in the total on Form 1040EZ, line 2. File federal and state taxes for free   Form 1099-INT, box 9, and Form 1099-DIV, box 11, show the tax-exempt interest subject to the alternative minimum tax on Form 6251. File federal and state taxes for free These amounts are already included in the amounts on Form 1099-INT, box 8, and Form 1099-DIV, box 10. File federal and state taxes for free Do not add the amounts in Form 1099-INT, box 9 and Form 1099-DIV, box 11 to, or subtract them from, the amounts on Form 1099-INT, box 8, and Form 1099-DIV, box 10. File federal and state taxes for free    Do not report interest from an individual retirement account (IRA) as tax-exempt interest. File federal and state taxes for free Form 1099-INT. File federal and state taxes for free   Your taxable interest income, except for interest from U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds and Treasury obligations, is shown in box 1 of Form 1099-INT. File federal and state taxes for free Add this amount to any other taxable interest income you received. File federal and state taxes for free You must report all of your taxable interest income even if you do not receive a Form 1099-INT. File federal and state taxes for free Generally, contact your financial institution if you do not receive a Form 1099-INT by February 15. File federal and state taxes for free Your identifying number may be truncated on any paper Form 1099-INT you receive. File federal and state taxes for free   If you forfeited interest income because of the early withdrawal of a time deposit, the deductible amount will be shown on Form 1099-INT in box 2. File federal and state taxes for free See Penalty on early withdrawal of savings in chapter 1 of Publication 550. File federal and state taxes for free   Box 3 of Form 1099-INT shows the interest income you received from U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bonds, Treasury bills, Treasury notes, and Treasury bonds. File federal and state taxes for free Add the amount shown in box 3 to any other taxable interest income you received, unless part of the amount in box 3 was previously included in your interest income. File federal and state taxes for free If part of the amount shown in box 3 was previously included in your interest income, see U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free savings bond interest previously reported , later. File federal and state taxes for free   Box 4 of Form 1099-INT will contain an amount if you were subject to backup withholding. File federal and state taxes for free Report the amount from box 4 on Form 1040EZ, line 7; on Form 1040A, line 36; or Form 1040, line 62 (federal income tax withheld). File federal and state taxes for free   Box 5 of Form 1099-INT shows investment expenses you may be able to deduct as an itemized deduction. File federal and state taxes for free See chapter 28 for more information about investment expenses. File federal and state taxes for free   If there are entries in boxes 6 and 7 of Form 1099-INT, you must file Form 1040. File federal and state taxes for free You may be able to take a credit for the amount shown in box 6 unless you deduct this amount on line 8 of Schedule A (Form 1040). File federal and state taxes for free To take the credit, you may have to file Form 1116, Foreign Tax Credit. File federal and state taxes for free For more information, see Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. File federal and state taxes for free U. 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File federal and state taxes for free Below the subtotal enter “U. File federal and state taxes for free S. File federal and state taxes for free Savings Bond Interest Previously Reported” and enter amounts previously reported or interest accrued before you received the bond. File federal and state taxes for free Subtract these amounts from the subtotal and enter the result on line 2. File federal and state taxes for free More information. File federal and state taxes for free   For more information about how to report interest income, see chapter 1 of Publication 550 or the instructions for the form you must file. File federal and state taxes for free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications