Early Census responses could save millions in taxpayer money

U.S. citizens who file their 2010 Census mailers sooner rather than later may be helping more than the government with their results, as they may see favorable results in their tax returns as they look to get out of debt in the years to come.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, every one percentage point increase in the Census participation rate for 2010 will save $85 million in taxpayer dollars that would have been used to dispatch workers that seek out non-responsive homes to get their data.

“I’d like nothing more than to return money once again back to the taxpayers following this census because they mailed back the census forms at a record rate,” said Census Bureau director Robert Groves. “In the end, the American public’s willingness to participate in the 2010 Census will determine its success and how much money we’re able to save and return back to Congress.”

Following the 2000 Census, attempts to encourage quick responses to Census mailings ended up increasing participation to the point where the Bureau saved $305 million in taxpayer dollars that were returned to Congress.

The 2010 Census form will only consist of 10 questions – one of the shortest forms in its history – and can be completed in less than 10 minutes.

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