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Census Responses Not Tied to Stimulus Packages

Your answers do not affect your eligibility for any government benefits, including stimulus packages.


If I responded to the 2020 Census, does it impact whether I receive a stimulus check?

No. Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for any government benefits, including any stimulus packages. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential, and the answers you provide are used only to produce statistics.

The census helps determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. The results of the count also determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

For information about coronavirus tax relief and Economic Impact Payments, please visit the Internal Revenue Service website.