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Don't make census workers come after you

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Have you mailed in your census form yet? What are you waiting for? A knock at the door?

If you are like most people, you have already received a letter in the mail telling you the form was coming and a postcard reminding you to send it in. Now you have editorial writers bugging you.

Why? Because filling out the form and contributing to an accurate count is important.

If you were expecting an income tax refund, you wouldn’t wait for Uncle Sam to come begging at your door to fill out your income tax return. This is a whole lot easier and, in effect, you are guaranteed what amounts to a tax refund.

No, you won’t receive it personally. However, census figures are used in doling out a variety of funds that are allocated on a per capita basis — including road money and local shares of the state income tax.

Census data also is used for drawing boundaries for political districts — federal, state and local.

If you don’t mail your form by Thursday — April 1 — the Census Bureau may have to send a worker to your door. That costs money. For each percentage point of improvement in the return rate, taxpayers save $75 million, according to the Census Bureau.

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If you have already sent in the form, good for you. If not, it’s time to stand up and be counted.


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