Treasury Notes

Treasury notes, sometimes called T-Notes, earn a fixed rate of interest every six months until maturity. Notes are issued in terms of 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 years.

You can buy notes from us in TreasuryDirect. You also can buy them through a bank or broker. (We no longer sell notes in Legacy Treasury Direct, which we are phasing out.)

You can hold a note until it matures or sell it before it matures.

Use Treasury Notes to:

  • Diversify your investment portfolio
  • Finance education
  • Supplement retirement income
at a glance
Original Issue Rate: The yield determined at auction.
See rates in recent auctions
Minimum purchase: $100
Maximum Purchase
(in a single auction):
Non-competitive: $10 million
Competitive: 35% of offering amount
(See types of bidding in "Auctions in Depth")
Investment Increment: Multiples of $100
Issue Method: Electronic

Rates & Terms

  • The price of a note can be greater than, less than, or equal to the note's face value. For a complete description of price, see Treasury Notes: Rates & Terms.
  • Notes pay interest every six months until maturity. At maturity, the face value of the note is paid to the owner.

Redemption Information

  • Minimum Term of Ownership: In TreasuryDirect, 45 days
  • Interest Earning Period: To maturity

Tax Considerations

  • Interest income is exempt from state and local income taxes.
  • Interest income is subject to Federal income tax.

Treasury Notes-Related FAQs

  • What are the maturity terms for Treasury notes?
  • How do I know when notes will be auctioned?
  • Do you still issue notes in paper form?

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