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Series EE & I Savings Bonds
Who Knew U.S. Savings Bonds provide tax-advantages!
U.S. Series EE savings bonds issued after 1989 or Series I saving bonds are another tax-advantaged way to save for college.
Backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government, the interest from these bonds is tax free if used for qualified higher education expenses. Also, interest on Series EE and I savings bonds is usually exempt from state and local taxes.
In 2005, the full interest exclusion is only available to married couples filing jointly with modified adjusted gross income of less than $91,850 or for single filers with modified adjusted gross income of less than $61,200. The interest exclusion is phased out if your modified adjusted gross income is between $91,850 and $121,850 for joint filers, and between $61,200 and $76,200 for single taxpayers. Regardless of your income, married couples filing separately cannot take advantage of this savings bond program. You can learn more about the Educational Savings Bond Program in IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.
The rules for using savings bonds for education can be complicated. To learn more about using savings bonds for educational expenses, you should read the Bureau of Public Debt's frequently asked questions on education and savings bonds or you can call the Federal Reserve at (866)-388-1776. You can call the Bureau of Public Debt toll-free at (800) 487-2663 for information on the latest rates for Series E and Series I savings bonds or at (877)-811-SAVE to learn how to buy savings bonds directly from the federal government. The Bureau of Public Debt's Web site also provides information on the latest rates for Series EE and Series I savings bonds and how to buy saving bonds directly from the federal government.
To calculate the exclusion of interest from savings bonds, see Internal Revenue Service Form 8815.