Form 8815 (2018)
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code.
For the latest information about developments related to Form 8815 and
its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were published,
go to www.irs.gov/Form8815.
Purpose of Form
If you cashed series EE or I U.S. savings bonds in 2018 that were issued
after 1989, you may be able to exclude from your income part or all of
the interest on those bonds. Use this form to figure the amount of any
interest you may exclude.
Who Can Take the Exclusion
You can take the exclusion if all four of the following apply.
1. You cashed qualified U.S. savings bonds in 2018 that were issued
2. You paid qualified higher education expenses in 2018 for yourself,
your spouse, or your dependents.
3. Your filing status is any status except married filing separately.
4. Your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than: $94,550 if
single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er); $149,300 if married
filing jointly. See the instructions for line 9 to figure your modified AGI.
U.S. Savings Bonds That Qualify for Exclusion
To qualify for the exclusion, the bonds must be series EE or I U.S.
savings bonds issued after 1989 in your name, or, if you are married,
they may be issued in your name and your spouse’s name. Also, you
must have been age 24 or older before the bonds were issued. A bond
bought by a parent and issued in the name of his or her child under age
24 does not qualify for the exclusion by the parent or child.
Keep the following records to verify interest you exclude.
• Bills, receipts, canceled checks, or other documents showing you paid
qualified higher education expenses in 2018.
• A written record of each post-1989 series EE or I bond that you
cashed. Your record must include the serial number, issue date, face
value, and total redemption proceeds (principal and interest) of each
bond. You can use Form 8818, Optional Form To Record Redemption of
Series EE and I U.S. Savings Bonds Issued After 1989, as your written
Column (a). Enter the name of the person who was enrolled at or
attended an eligible educational institution or for whom you made
contributions to a Coverdell education savings account (Coverdell ESA)
or a qualified tuition program (QTP). This person must be you, your
spouse, or your dependent(s) claimed on Form 1040. An eligible
educational institution is generally any accredited public, nonprofit, or
private college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary
institution. The institution must be eligible to participate in the student
aid programs administered by the Department of Education. Virtually all
accredited postsecondary institutions meet this requirement.
Column (b). Enter the name and address of the institution. If the person
was enrolled at or attended more than one, list all of them. Also, if you
contributed to a Coverdell ESA for the person, enter “Coverdell ESA”
and the name and address of the financial institution where the account
is located. For contributions to a QTP, enter “QTP” and the name and
address of the program.
Qualified higher education expenses include tuition and fees required for
the enrollment or attendance of the person(s) listed on line 1, column (a),
at the institution(s) listed in column (b). They also include contributions
to a Coverdell ESA or a QTP for the person(s) listed on line 1. Qualified
expenses do not include expenses for:
• Room and board; or
• Courses involving sports, games, or hobbies that are not part of a
degree or certificate granting program.
Do not include on line 2 expenses that were:
• Covered by nontaxable educational benefits paid directly to, or by, the
• Used to figure an education credit on Form 8863; or
• Used to figure the nontaxable amount of a distribution from a
Coverdell ESA or QTP.
Enter on this line the total qualified higher education expenses included
on line 2 that were covered by nontaxable educational benefits. These
benefits include the following.
• Scholarship or fellowship grants excludable from income under
section 117. See chapter 1 of Pub. 970 for more information.
• Veterans’ educational assistance benefits.
• Employer-provided educational assistance benefits that are not
included in box 1 of your Form(s) W-2.
• Payments, waivers, or reimbursements of educational expenses under
• Any other payments (but not gifts, bequests, or inheritances) for
educational expenses that are exempt from income tax by any U.S. law.
Do not include on line 3 nontaxable educational benefits paid directly
to, or by, the educational institution.
Example. You paid $10,000 of qualified higher education expenses
in 2018 to the college your son attended. None of the expenses are
used to figure an education credit or the nontaxable amount of a
Coverdell ESA or QTP. You claim your son as a dependent on your 2018
tax return. Your son received a $2,000 nontaxable scholarship grant for
2018, which was paid directly to him. In this case, enter $10,000 on line
2 and $2,000 on line 3.
If you reported any of the interest before 2018, see Pub. 550 for the
amount to enter. Otherwise, enter the amount from Form 8818, line 8 (if
you used that form to record the bonds cashed), or use the following
worksheet to figure the amount to enter.
Line 6 Worksheet (keep a copy for your records)
1. Enter the amount from Form 8815, line 5 . . . . 1.
Enter the face value of all post-1989 paper series EE
bonds cashed in 2018 . . . . . . . . 2.
3. Multiply line 2 by 50% (0.50) . . . . . . . 3.
Enter the face value of all electronic series EE bonds
(including post-1989 series EE bonds converted from paper
to electronic format) and all series I bonds cashed in 2018 .
5. Add lines 3 and 4 . . . . . . . . . . 5.
Subtract line 5 from line 1. Enter the result here and on
Form 8815, line 6 . . . . . . . . . . 6.