A firm is a business organization or entity consisting of one domestic establishment (location) or more under common ownership or control. All establishments of subsidiary firms are included as part of the owning or controlling firm. For the economic census, the terms "firm" and "company" are synonymous.

All firms data include both firms with paid employees (employers) and firms with no paid employees (nonemployers).

Firms with paid employees include all firms that file payroll taxes.

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