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According to IRS Publication 550 [see above]...
...the correct way to report interest earned on US Savings Bonds, if you have elected to defer interest reporting, is to report them in either the year they are cashed OR the year they reach final maturity - WHICH EVER OCCURS FIRST. According to conversations with IRS representatives, you MAY be penalized on the interest earned if you do not properly report savings bond interest income earned by your savings bonds on your federal income tax return for the same year.

How does this affect my investment?
Owners of US Savings Bonds now need to be more diligent with the tracking of their bonds to ensure the best possible return while avoiding the loss of interest. It is important to know when your bonds will reach final maturity so you can properly report savings bond interest income earned by your savings bonds on your federal income tax return for the same year.

How can you stay up-to-date on final maturity...
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What to do with Matured Bonds?
The government has proposed the following steps for individuals with matured bonds, who's interest has not yet been reported:
  • Bond interest should be reported in the year it reached final maturity
  • You may amend interest earnings in the year the bond reached final maturity to avoid being penalized
  • There is a 3 year statute of limitations on amendments to Federal Tax Returns permitted by the IRS
  • If the bond matured more than 3 years ago, you must report the interest earned in the year the bond is cashed-in
  • FOR MORE DETAILS READ PUBLICATION 550 HERE see Page 7 for more info.
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