WASHINGTON — Warning against a repetition of the recent problems with new tax withholding forms, congressmen pressed the Census Bureau on Thursday to make its questionnaires as simple and clear as possible.
The new W-4 tax forms were "a nightmare, a horror, a fiasco. We're trying to prevent anything of that nature from happening again," said Sen. David Pryor (D-Ark.), chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee on federal services, post office and civil service.
It is important "to ensure that the census form does not become so complicated or so intrusive into personal matters that people simply do not respond," added Rep. Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton), chairman of the House Post Office and Civil Service subcommittee on census and planning.
Joint Hearing Held
Dymally and Pryor held a joint hearing on the plans for the next national head count, scheduled for April 1, 1990. By law the topics to be covered and questions to be asked must undergo advance congressional scrutiny.