We sell Treasury Bills (Bills) for terms ranging from four weeks to 52 weeks.
Bills are sold at a discount or at par (face value). When the bill matures, you are paid its face value.
You can hold a bill until it matures or sell it before it matures.
Note about Cash Management Bills: We also sell Cash Management Bills (CMBs) at various times and for variable terms. Cash Management Bills are only available through a bank, broker, or dealer. We do not sell them in TreasuryDirect.
Bills at a Glance
|Now issued in||Electronic form only|
|Matures in||4, 8, 13, 17, 26, and 52 weeks
Also, see the note above about Cash Management Bills.
|Interest rate||Fixed at auction. For bills, "interest" is the difference between what you paid and the face value you get when the bill matures.
See Results of recent Bill auctions.
Also see Understanding pricing and interest rates.
|Interest paid||When the bill matures|
|In increments of||$100|
|Maximum purchase||$10 million (non-competitive bid)
35% of offering amount (competitive bid)
(See Buying a Treasury marketable security for information on types of bids.)
|Auction frequency||Every four weeks for 52-week bills
Weekly for 4, 8, 13, 17, 26-week bills
No regular schedule for Cash Management Bills
See the Auction calendar for specific dates.
|Taxes||Federal tax due on interest earned
No state or local taxes
|Eligible for STRIPS?||No|
How do I ... for a bill
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We welcome your questions and comments.
If you write to us and want a response, please put your address in your letter (not just on the envelope).
Department of the Treasury
Bureau of the Fiscal Service
3201 Pennsy Drive, Building E
Landover, MD 20785
For general inquiries, please call us at 844-284-2676 (toll free)