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February 12, 2013
We designed your 2012 Economic Census form to request only the minimum information needed to meet the many uses of the Economic Census. At the same time, your form was designed to apply to the many different businesses that make up your industry, so not all of the items or lines on the form will apply to your business.
We request census information for each domestic location of your company that operated during part or all of calendar year 2012. For each separate operation, we request information to identify it, summarize its operations, and highlight its key activities. We also request that the company representative responsible for completing the census forms be identified and sign the completed form.
Please provide your best estimate for any applicable item on your census form that is not available in your business records. We find that estimates from businesses are more reliable than estimates we might make and greatly increase the reliability of published statistics. Please do not leave any applicable item blank. If you do make estimates, please identify and explain them in the Remarks section available on most forms (after Item 29).
Please use the space provided on your form (Item 30) to describe the business period covered by your 2012 Economic Census report. If your fiscal year or other business period is the same as the calendar year, mark "Yes." If your fiscal year differs from the calendar year, mark "No" and report the starting and ending dates of your period in the space provided. Please report employment and payroll for the calendar year.
Please provide the mailing address used by this business. Please do not provide a P.O. Box or Rural Route address, since these are not sufficient for assigning a geographic area code.
You must complete your census form and return it to the Census Bureau. Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including nonprofit educational organizations, are included in the 2012 Economic Census. Company selection is based on the primary activity an establishment performs, without regard to an organization's profit objectives, ownership, tax status, or other organizational characteristics.
If your business operated at any time during calendar year 2012, please complete all applicable items on the 2012 Economic Census form and return it to the Census Bureau. Include data to identify the business, and describe its months of operation, primary activity, end-of-year operational status, and any successor owners. However, if your business did not operate at any time during 2012, please fill out Item 3 and return the form.
If you conducted only household activities at your home during 2012, please note that in the Remarks section (after Item 29), and return the 2012 Economic Census form to the Census Bureau. Household activities are activities needed to operate your private residence, such as housecleaning, babysitting, gardening, and home maintenance (and include the employment of persons to help you with those activities). However, if you conducted any business activities at your home in 2012, please complete all applicable items on your Economic Census form, and return it to the Census Bureau.
The 2012 Economic Census includes all business activity taking place in the United States. Domestic activities of businesses with foreign owners are included in the Economic Census. Foreign operations of U.S.-owned businesses should not be included.