What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? CA
This question has reference to the American Consumer Survey or the "long form" of the US census which is an intrusive document, demanding answers to very private personal, employment, financial and other questions. Amongst other things, the ACS asks if the respondent is employed, the sum total of his or her wages, tips, bonus and unearned income, if the respondent is elderly, his or her monthly mortgage payments and whether that payment includes property taxes, the number of rooms in the house, whether the house has PLUMBING and hot water facility, the amount of home owner's insurance being paid, if the respondent has full possession of his or her faculties, has a college degree and if yes, in what major, has any physical or psychological trouble running errands by themselves or climbing stairs, has any medical issues, gave birth in the past 12 months, has custody of grand-kids, where s/he works, how long it takes them to commute to said work, and how long it took the individual - particularly LAST WEEK - to get to work etc etc etc.
This is just a SAMPLE of the questions being asked.
In addition, the Census Bureau sends out some rather threatening literature with the survey that demands that the receiver answer the "long form" of the census survey or face fine pursuant to Title 13 of USC and that "Title 18 United States code section 3571 and 3559" that seemingly "amends" Title 13 to impose fines of "up to $5000" to residents who refuse to answer these intrusive questions
I have NO idea why a law-abiding citizen would be interrogated and threatened by the federal government in such a manner. I would like to know if these sections actually provide for a $5000 fine if we attempt to protect our privacy and refuse to answer these extremely intrusive questions?