The MWTS provides national estimates of monthly sales, end-of-month inventories, and inventory-to-sales ratios by kind of business for merchant wholesalers, excluding manufacturers' sales branches and offices, located in the United States. Specifically, the MWTS covers wholesale merchants who sell goods on their own account and includes such businesses as wholesale merchants or jobbers, industrial distributors, exporters, and importers.
The MWTS produces sales and inventory statistics for your segment of the economy. It is a valued economic indicator, and the sales and inventory data are used as part of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates.
Complete the survey with the data for any period of time during the last month 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:
Indicate this information in the remarks section of the form and return it.
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.
Section 9 of Title 13, United States Code requires that we keep all entries from your report in full confidence. It may be seen only by persons in the bureau sworn to uphold the confidentiality of Census Bureau information and may be used only for statistical purposes. Copies retained in your files are immune from legal process. You may visit our website at http://www.census.gov/privacy/data_protection for more information.
The Census Bureau obtains a list of EINs regularly from other government agencies that use this information, for example, the U.S. Social Security Administration. We are authorized to obtain this information by Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue code.