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Survey of Business Owners: Why was I selected to receive the Survey of Business Owners?

You were randomly selected for the SBO sample to represent businesses in your industry and geographic area.  The SBO is based on a sample of business owners and self-employed persons who, like you, filed business-related tax forms for 2007.  The use of sampling substantially reduces the overall reporting burden on U.S. businesses and lowers the survey cost; however, it also greatly increases the importance of receiving a report from each business selected.


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