1. Is this survey mandatory?
Yes, your response is required by law. Title 13 of the U.S. Code requires businesses and other organizations that receive the questionnaire(s) to answer the questions and return the report(s) to the Census Bureau. Under the same law, information that you report cannot be used for taxation, regulation, or investigation and are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act. Further, copies of your response retained in your files are immune from legal process.
2. Why should my company fill out this form?
The survey produces revenue statistics for your segment of the economy. In other words, you can receive important economic information regarding your industry quicker than ever before.
3. Who uses the data?
4. My firm is no longer in business. What should I do?Complete the survey with the data for any period of time during 2012 that the company was in operation. We also need the date that the company went out of business. If you sold your business, record the following in the Remarks section:
5. Why don't you get the information you need from the IRS?
The Census Bureau uses IRS administrative data whenever possible. However, the IRS data does not provide the level of detail needed in most Census Bureau surveys. Also, some items are just not available from IRS data, e.g., merchandise/receipts lines, E-commerce, etc.
6. I report data in the monthly survey. Why can't you just sum that data?
The annual survey collects additional data not included on the monthly form, such as purchases and accounts receivables. Often companies have final adjustments to their monthly levels that we wouldn't know about without the annual survey.
7. How do I know that no one else can access the data from your computer?
Data maintained in the Census Bureau's computer system is not accessible to personnel outside the Census Bureau. Our computers cannot be accessed through telephone lines; there is no direct dial-up. In addition, the Bureau's computer area is closed to all personnel except for people with special passes. To access data, individuals must have a Census user identification and a password.
8. How did you get my Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
We obtain a list of EINs regularly from other government agencies that have this information (e.g., the Social Security Administration). We are authorized by law to do this (Section 6103 of Internal Revenue Code).
9. Are my responses confidential?
Your responses are completely confidential under Title 13, United States Code, and are seen only by persons sworn to uphold the confidentiality of Census Bureau information. Data provided will be used only to publish summary statistics that do not identify individual firms. Title 13 also provides that copies of reports retained in your files are immune from legal process. Under the same law, information that you report cannot be used for taxation, regulation, or investigation and are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act. Further, copies of your response retained in your files are immune from legal process.
10. What is NAICS (North American Industry Classification System)?
NAICS is used to classify a business location's primary activity. NAICS replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. You may access the following web site to learn more about NAICS