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I believe they don't have to be cashed, but there are two issues if you don't cash them.
They no longer earn interest.
You have to report the income on your tax return, whether you cash them or not;)
So your better off cashing them after they mature, and reinvesting the money to continue to earn interest and getting the receipt to report the interest on your income tax return so you don't get in trouble with the IRS.
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