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2012 Economic Census



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Due Date

February 12, 2013

Sector 52
Finance and Insurance



This section provides information about census coverage and reporting for establishments in the Finance and Insurance sector. It includes answers to frequently asked questions about this sector and its census forms.

 Establishments Covered

Finance and insurance establishments engage in financial transactions or facilitate financial transactions. Financial transactions are transactions that involve creating, liquidating, or changing the ownership of financial assets. NAICS classifies establishments in the Finance and Insurance sector using numbers that start with 52. Financial services establishments are sub-classified using numbers that start with 521, 522, 523, or 525; and insurance services establishments are sub-classified using numbers that start with 524.

The Economic Census covers all finance and insurance establishments that operated during all or part of calendar year 2012, except for specialized financial vehicles (such as pension funds, health and welfare funds, and trusts). Examples of establishments covered in the Finance and Insurance sector are:
  • Financial services establishments that raise funds from depositors or investors; lend funds to individual or business borrowers; or provide related brokerage, clearinghouse, check cashing, or other services.

  • Insurance services establishments that issue insurance or annuity contracts, accept contract premiums and fees, manage pooled assets, make contract payments, and provide related services.

 Census Mail Package

Finance and insurance establishments with paid employees will receive a census mail package that may include several types of materials. The materials are similar in content, but customized to make reporting easier for different groups of finance and insurance establishments. Each establishment will receive either an Information Sheet and census form, or a classification form. Companies with multiple operating establishments will receive the appropriate Information Sheet for every group of similar forms, and not necessarily one Information Sheet for every form.

Information Sheets provide general information about the census and instructions for reporting selected items on the census form. Single establishment businesses will receive Information Sheet FI-S_I_12. Most multi-establishment businesses will receive Information Sheet FI-M_I_12. Multi-establishment businesses that are consolidated census reporters will receive either Information Sheet FI-BS-Q_I_12 or Information Sheet FI-IN-Q_I_12.

Census Forms describe each data item for finance and insurance establishments and provide instructions and formats for reporting them. Census forms for financial and insurance services establishments are numbered FI-52xxx, and sixteen forms are available for use by different kinds of finance and insurance establishments.

Questions and Forms in this Sector

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | EC2012 BHS Team |   Last Revised: December 27, 2013 11:50:03