The Economic Census profiles American business every 5 years, from the national to the local level.
2012 Economic Census forms were sent to millions of businesses in November and December 2012, asking for information about business activity during the calendar year 2012. The forms are due back February 12, 2013. Results will be published during 2014 and 2015.
Many very small businesses were not sent a form, and thus are not required to report.
Businesses that did receive a form are required by law (Title 13 of the U.S. Code) to complete and return it.
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