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Information for Respondents

Component ID: #ti818712862

Overview

The Annual Business Survey (ABS) provides estimates for all nonfarm employer businesses filing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax forms as individual proprietorships, partnerships, or any type of corporation, and with receipts of $1,000 or more.

  • The ABS is conducted jointly by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Census Bureau for five reference years (2018 – 2022).
  • All nonfarm employer businesses filing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax forms as individual proprietorships, partnerships, or any type of corporation, and with receipts of $1,000 or more are eligible for selection in the ABS sample.
  • Provides statistics on the number of firms, sales/receipts, annual payroll, and employment by sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status as well as R&D and Innovation and various other relevant topics.

Component ID: #ti2097134436

Ready to Report or Need Assistance?

To report online:

  1. Sign-in or Register at https://portal.census.gov
  2. Add your authentication code
  3. Report by clicking on “REPORT NOW.”  You can return to your account over multiple sessions to complete.
  4. For assistance completing this survey, please log-in to your Census Bureau account at https://portal.census.gov and send us a secure message or call the customer help line at 1-888-824-9954, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  5. Please visit How Do I Get Started? for additional information. Or for more information, please visit our FAQ's.

 

The survey does not need to be completed in one sitting. You may save and exit the survey and return later to continue.

Component ID: #ti69866085

Respondent Materials

To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the questionnaire and instructions below. 

Some questions may not be applicable to all respondents. Specific questions are shown based on your response to select questions. The reporting tool will direct you to the appropriate questions. 

(All survey are in Adobe PDF file format and are for informational purposes only)

Questionnaire

pdf   ABS_2019   [<1.0 MB]

Instructions

Letters

pdf   Initial Letter   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   Due Date Reminder   [<1.0 MB]
Component ID: #ti712813007

Authority

Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b), 131, and 182, Title 42, United States Code, Section 1861-76 (National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended), and Section 505 within the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, authorize this collection.  Sections 224 and 225 of Title 13, require your response.

Component ID: #ti1841373801

Confidentiality

The U.S. Census Bureau is required by Section 9 of Title 13 to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics.  The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit data.

Component ID: #ti1227422584

Survey Legitimacy

Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey:

  1. Ensure the Web address provided in the letter is a "census.gov" domain.
  2. Correspondence will contain reporting instructions and a toll-free number for survey assistance.
  3. On the log-in screen, a warning message should be present stating the respondent is accessing a U.S. Government computer.
  4. After clicking on the “Report Now” button in the Respondent Portal, the OMB Number and OMB Approval Expiration information will appear in the upper right on all screens of the electronic reporting instrument. The bottom of the log-in screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.
  5. The bottom of the log-in screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.

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