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How do you buy U.S. savings bonds?

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U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizen residents with Social Security numbers can purchase Series EE U.S. Savings Bonds or Series I U.S. Savings Bonds online through TreasuryDirect, a service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Taxpayers can also purchase Series I bonds when filing tax returns, states the IRS.

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How do you buy U.S. savings bonds?
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To purchase savings bonds online through TreasuryDirect, go to SavingsBonds.gov, click on Individuals in the toolbar at the top of the page, choose Buy Securities in TreasuryDirect, and click on Open an Account. Choose the type of account you want by selecting either Individual or one of the various types of business, organization, estate or trust accounts. Enter your personal information, such as a Social Security number or Employer Identification Number, bank account and routing number, email address and security options. To purchase a savings bond as a gift, enter the recipient's name and Social Security number, and designate the person as the sole or primary owner of the bond.

To purchase Series I bonds with tax returns, submit Form 8888, Allocation of Refund, when filing a tax return, and specify that the IRS should use the amount designated to purchase savings bonds, reports the IRS. Taxpayers can purchase Series I bonds in increments of $50 up to a maximum of $5,000, as of 2015. The IRS arranges for the Treasury Department to mail paper bond certificates to the taxpayer.

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