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Annual Retail Trade Report

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Completing the Report

8.  Besides reporting online, are there any other ways to report?

Reporting online is the preferred means to provide data for this report. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact us at 1-877-787-9860 (select option 2) to discuss alternate reporting options.

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9.  How can I compile my data before reporting online?

You can get a worksheet to compile your data before reporting online by clicking on Survey Log in, entering your user ID and password, and selecting the link under the "Worksheet" column on the main menu.

Note: If you have more than one report listed on your main menu, the worksheet may differ for each individual report.

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10.  How long will it take to complete this report?

Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 17-43 minutes per response, including the time for assembling data from existing records and completing the report. The burden estimate for each specific report is identified in the electronic reporting instrument.

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11.  I need more time. Can I obtain an extension?

Yes. Go to

, enter your unique user ID and password, select the 'Time Extension' button, and follow the instructions to select a new due date.

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12.  Are estimates acceptable?

Yes, carefully prepared estimates are acceptable if book figures are not readily available.

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13.  Why do you need to know if I own other firms, or if another firm owns mine?

We do not want to duplicate data if you are affiliated with other firms that may already be providing data on this report, or in one of our other Census Bureau surveys.

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14.  Can I report cost of goods sold instead of purchases?

We prefer that you provide purchases, but if you cannot, cost of goods sold is acceptable. If you use cost of goods sold, indicate this in the Remarks section in the electronic reporting instrument.

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15.  Can I be paid for completing this report?

No. The law authorizing this report (Title 13, U.S. Code) does not authorize funds for payment.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | BHS Team |   Last Revised: March 31, 2016 16:46:24