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Old 06-01-2016, 05:55 PM   #21
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I have never owned any bonds that were not part of a bond fund, but my MIL does. She purchased 2 EE bonds in 1986 that stop earning interest later this year. If she postpones cashing one or both of them in until January of 2017 and forgoes the potential to earn a couple of months worth of interest, will the original 30 years of earnings be taxable in 2016 or 2017?
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:45 PM   #22
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Have been procrastinating about the conversion. Not because I was worried about how long it would take, but my decision to help the government by allowing it to keep those dollars "in float".
Just doing my part to help the economy.

The paper is getting brittle and darkening with age, but I scanned them so the numbers are still visible. Anyway, I can't beat the interest rate and there's still more than ten years to make the changeover.
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I have never owned any bonds that were not part of a bond fund, but my MIL does. She purchased 2 EE bonds in 1986 that stop earning interest later this year. If she postpones cashing one or both of them in until January of 2017 and forgoes the potential to earn a couple of months worth of interest, will the original 30 years of earnings be taxable in 2016 or 2017?
No, she will owe it all in 2016. I read the rules about this before. You can't delay accepting the money in order to delay the taxes after they have matured.

As an example of how to minimize taxes in such a situation, I have I-bonds coming due in 2031 that earn anywhere from 3% to 3.4% real. So I don't want to cash them in early if I can avoid that. All the taxes are deferred until they are cashed in. But I also don't want to push myself into the 25% tax bracket.

In order to keep myself in the 15% bracket, I will probably cash some in December, 2029 then cash another batch in December, 2030 and let the rest mature in 2031. I will try to hit the top of the 15% bracket in 2030 and 2031.
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No, she will owe it all in 2016. I read the rules about this before. You can't delay accepting the money in order to delay the taxes after they have matured.

As an example of how to minimize taxes in such a situation, I have I-bonds coming due in 2031 that earn anywhere from 3% to 3.4% real. So I don't want to cash them in early if I can avoid that. All the taxes are deferred until they are cashed in. But I also don't want to push myself into the 25% tax bracket.

In order to keep myself in the 15% bracket, I will probably cash some in December, 2029 then cash another batch in December, 2030 and let the rest mature in 2031. I will try to hit the top of the 15% bracket in 2030 and 2031.
kramer,
Thanks for this post. I also have a bunch of the 3% bonds that mature in 2031. I did not remember until your post that they are taxable at maturity.
You might want to post this in the I-Bond thread . Again,THANKS!!
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No, she will owe it all in 2016. I read the rules about this before. You can't delay accepting the money in order to delay the taxes after they have matured.

As an example of how to minimize taxes in such a situation, I have I-bonds coming due in 2031 that earn anywhere from 3% to 3.4% real. So I don't want to cash them in early if I can avoid that. All the taxes are deferred until they are cashed in. But I also don't want to push myself into the 25% tax bracket.

In order to keep myself in the 15% bracket, I will probably cash some in December, 2029 then cash another batch in December, 2030 and let the rest mature in 2031. I will try to hit the top of the 15% bracket in 2030 and 2031.
Thanks, that is what I was guessing! I will pass along the info including what she might do with other future maturing bonds.
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