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. In addition, the ABS will also provide estimates on non-profit organizations.
To report online:
The survey does not need to be completed in one sitting. You may save and exit the survey and return later to continue.
To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate survey questions 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. If you were requested to respond to the Research Activities at Nonprofit Organizations module, please see section C of the 2021 Annual Business Survey.
(All survey are in Adobe PDF file format and are for informational purposes only)
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.
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.
Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey: