The Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) provides statistics on capital spending for new and used structures and equipment (includes capitalized software) by U.S. nonfarm businesses with and without paid employees.
Data collection begins about 3 months after the end of the reference year and continues for 9 months; businesses report data for the prior calendar year.
The Census Bureau collects comprehensive and timely information about the nature and level of capital expenditures in the U.S. through ACES and your response provides public and private decision makers with an important indicator of future economic activity and growth. Capital expenditures data also are important components of U.S. productivity, competitiveness, and economic performance.
To see the latest capital expenditures statistics, click Data on the left side of this page.
To report online:
To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate forms and instructions below.
(All forms are in Adobe PDF file format and are for informational purposes only)
Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), Sections 131 and 182, authorizes this collection. Sections 224 and 225 require your response.
Title 13, United States Code, Section 9, requires the Census Bureau to keep your information CONFIDENTIAL and can use your responses only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.
Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey: