Correcting wrong SSN on Savings Bond
Monday, December 5th, 2005
Categorized as: Savings Bond registration changes
I purchased a EE savings bond for my grandson and found that I put the wrong social security number on it. How do I get this corrected?
The only thing the Treasury uses the Social Security Number on a bond for is to search its records when a bond is lost or stolen. It’s never used for tax purposes.
When a Savings Bond is cashed, whoever cashes the bond must provide their own social security number. That’s the SSN that goes on the 1099-INT reporting the interest income to the IRS. The Social Security Number on the bond is ignored.
Consequently, the Treasury doesn’t correct mistakes in these numbers. However, you should keep a photocopy or two of the bond in a safe place so that if the original is ever lost or stolen, you’ll have the original registration information that’s on the bond.