Mailing In Your Census Forms Saves Tax Money

THURSDAY, April 15 (Tax Day)

There’s still time…so fill out and mail back your census form TODAY!

Residents Encouraged to Help Save up to $1.5 Billion in Taxpayer Money

Today marks the two-day countdown for residents across America to mail back their 2010 Census questionnaires. Households that return their forms after Friday, April 16, will likely be visited by census workers, who begin May 1 going door to door to collect census responses.

Residents are encouraged to promptly mail back their forms, because doing so would reduce the cost of administering the census by $1.5 billion — funds that would be given back to taxpayers. After the 2000 Census, the Census Bureau was able to return $305 million in savings to the federal Treasury, because mail response rates exceeded expectations — a move the Census Bureau would like to repeat in 2010.

Each 1 percent increase in the national mail participation rate saves taxpayers $85 million by not sending census workers door to door from nonresponsive households. It costs 42 cents for people to mail back their form, compared with an average of $57 for census takers to visit each home and collect census data.

“Mailing back your form saves taxpayers money and ensures your community’s fair share of $400 billion in federal funds,” U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. “Residents who miss the April 16 deadline should be prepared to get a knock on their doors between May and July.”

Nationwide, about 67 percent of households have mailed back their census forms. In 2000, the mail participation rate was 72 percent.

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