Receive an Economic Census Survey? It’s Due in June
By Ellen Terry


Yes, it’s legitimate, and yes, you have to participate ¾ by law.


No, we’re not talking about jury duty.

We’re talking about the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Census, for which selected practices received one or more notices by mail this month. 

If you received the Commerce Department letter, your practice was one of nearly 4 million businesses of all sizes selected randomly to complete the survey. Your response via the U.S. Census Bureau’s online portal is due by June 12

The survey asks for 2017 year-end numbers for revenue, employment, and payroll, plus industry-specific and other questions. The questionnaire you complete depends on whether the Census Bureau classifies your practice as operating at one location or multiple locations. Whoever fills out your survey should count on taking at least an hour to complete it. 

The Census Bureau collects extensive statistics every five years about businesses. The census, which the bureau says is essential to understanding the American economy, also serves as the foundation for the nation’s gross domestic product and other leading economic indicators. 

You can find more information for respondents on the Census Bureau website. Or, call the bureau’s help line at (800) 233-6136.

Last Updated On

June 01, 2018

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Ellen Terry has been writing, editing, and managing communication projects at TMA since 2000. She hails from Victoria, Texas; has a journalism degree from Texas State University; and loves to read great fiction. Ellen and her husband have two grown sons and a couple of cats.

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