BEA's surveys of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States collect information that is used to compile statistics on the scale of foreign-owned business activities in the United States and the effects these activities have on the U.S. economy. Business leaders look to these statistics to make informed decisions about hiring and investing. Policymakers and researchers use them to analyze the impacts of foreign direct investment on employment, wages, productivity and tax revenues.

All surveys of foreign direct investment in the United States are mandatory and confidential.

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  • Filing during the COVID-19 outbreak

    BEA's surveys are used to produce accurate and objective statistics on the U.S. economy. Survey responses covering 2020 are particularly needed to ensure accurate measurement of the U.S. economy during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Because the present situation has temporarily reduced our capacity to send and receive paper mail, we may contact survey respondents via email. We understand that the virus already may have had profound effects on the ability of survey respondents to comply with the surveys. To assist you, we suggest:

    • Use our secure eFile system at www.bea.gov/efile or fax to submit completed forms. At present we have limited ability to receive physical copies of completed survey forms, extension requests, or other documents that are mailed or couriered to us.
    • Extensions are available if needed.
    • Provide estimates if necessary. We realize that the data requested in our surveys might be unavailable at this time or access to required records may be limited.

    BEA survey staff continue to be available to assist survey respondents.

     

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    • 2020 Q1 and beyond: BE-605 PDF
    • 2019 Q4 and prior: BE-605 PDF
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How can I file?

  • Filing during the COVID-19 outbreak

    Because the present situation has temporarily reduced our capacity to send and receive paper mail, we may contact survey respondents via email. We understand that the virus already may have had profound effects on the ability of survey respondents to comply with the surveys. To assist you, we suggest:

    • Use our secure eFile system at www.bea.gov/efile or fax to submit completed forms. At present we have limited ability to receive physical copies of completed survey forms, extension requests, or other documents that are mailed or couriered to us.
    • Extensions are available if needed.
    • Provide estimates if necessary. We realize that the data requested in our surveys might be unavailable at this time or access to required records may be limited.

    BEA survey staff continue to be available to assist survey respondents.

     

    File by Mail or Fax

    All entities must file one of the following forms:

    Additional Documents

How can I file?

  • File online here with eFile

    Filing during the COVID-19 outbreak

    Because the present situation has temporarily reduced our capacity to send and receive paper mail, we may contact survey respondents via email. We understand that the virus already may have had profound effects on the ability of survey respondents to comply with the surveys. To assist you, we suggest:

    • Use our secure eFile system at www.bea.gov/efile or fax to submit completed forms. At present we have limited ability to receive physical copies of completed survey forms, extension requests, or other documents that are mailed or couriered to us.
    • Extensions are available if needed.
    • Provide estimates if necessary. We realize that the data requested in our surveys might be unavailable at this time or access to required records may be limited.

    BEA survey staff continue to be available to assist survey respondents.

     

    File by Mail or Fax

    All entities must file one of the following forms:

    Additional Documents

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