Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
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Refund and Amount of Tax Owed

U.S. Savings Bonds

Receipt of the Savings Bonds

Taxpayers will receive the U.S. Series I Savings Bonds by mail.

Bonds will not be issued if any of the following apply:

  • The bond request is not a multiple of $50.
  • More than one name is entered on line 5b, 5c, 6b, or 6c.
  • The refund is decreased because of a math error.
  • The refund is offset for any reason.

Instead, the entire refund will be sent to the taxpayer in the form of a check. If an error is made on the return and the amount of the refund is increased, the additional amount will be sent to the taxpayer in the form of a check.

The first step is to check the status of the refund by going to the "Where's My Refund" feature on, or calling 1-800-829-1954. Taxpayers can generally get information about their refund 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of their e-filed return, or three to four weeks after mailing a return. Once the IRS has processed the refund and placed the order for savings bonds, the taxpayer would contact the Treasury Retail Securities office at 1-800-245-2804 to inquire about the status of the savings bonds.

For additional information refer to Form 8888 or go to

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Where's My Refund

Where's My Refund