Good Question: Could you be punished for not filling out your Census form?

April 15th is D-day for filing your taxes, but Friday is the deadline to file your Census form before being visited by a Census worker.

You may have noticed a "required by law" stamp on your envelope.

Good Question:Mark in Lexington-Could you be punished for not filling out your Census form?

All across the country people are being counted by the government, answering those ten questions on the Census form.

In fact Kentuckians are leading the pack when it comes to mailing those forms back.

We are among the states with the best response rate, so far.

What happens if you don't fill it out. well you could soon see a Census worker on your doorstep to help you get it done.

You will also notice, there is a warning on all forms. it simply says your "response is required by law."

In case you didn't know. there could be a hefty penalty for not doing what the government asks.

Believe it or not it is a crime not to return your Census form.

By law a judge can impose a fine of anywhere from $100 to $5,000 for failing to respond.

A fine of $500 could be handed out for providing false answers.

The Census Bureau says they encourage participation rather than prosecution, in 2000 no one was penalized.

The same law that says you could be fined also ensures your answers are kept confidential.

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