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Alan Gonzalez Community Construction, Filed 2006
-Alan Gonzalez Community Construction, Filed 2006

DBA (Doing Business As)

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Overview

A DBA, “doing business as”, will allow your company to conduct business under a different business name. For sole proprietorships and general partnerships as well as LLC’s and corporations, a DBA allows you to conduct business under a name other than the owner's personal or Legal Business Name.

Why a DBA is right for my business

Filing a DBA with the state will provide you with the documents to:

  • Open a new bank account.
  • Advertise on business cards, letterhead or signs.
  • Collect checks and other receivables under the DBA.
  • Officially use your DBA to discourage other entities from using the same name.
  • Use a DBA as a Domain Name (E-Commerce and Web Marketing).

Why a DBA corporation may not be right for my business

You may want to look into filing a different entity type for the following reasons:

  • Limited Liability Protection- Simply filing a DBA for a sole proprietorship does not make the owner of the business a separate legal entity. This means the owner does not have Limited Liability Protection and will be held personally liable for business claims, debts and liabilities.
    • Try an LLC, S-Corporation or C-Corporation (Read More)

How It Works

iCorp makes filing a DBA with the state easy and painless. Here are the steps to complete the DBA filing:

  1. Complete the short DBA application on our website.
  2. During the application process we will ask you some simple contact authorization and billing information.
  3. All the DBA forms will be completed with the information provided in the application process. We will then express mail you these forms for delivery.
  4. These documents must be signed and expressed mailed back to us through the express envelope provided by iCorp.
  5. Integrated Corp. Solutions files the DBA with appropriate government agencies. The DBA will also be published in the states that require DBA publication.
  6. Finally, iCorp provides the DBA publication certificate for your records

What Is a DBA (Doing Business As)?

A DBA is a filing with a local jurisdiction or the state. It is an official and public business name. A DBA is also referred to as a fictitious business name, trade name, or assumed name.

Can I File a DBA if My Company Is not Incorporated?

Yes. In fact, many sole proprietors or partnerships that do not want to conduct business under their personal name will file a DBA instead with the state or their local jurisdiction (county). Moreover, many banks will require the filing of a DBA by sole proprietors or partnerships in order to differentiate between the business and the principal owners of the sole proprietorship and/or partnership.

When Does a Corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) File a DBA?

A corporation or LLC files a DBA when they are conducting business under a name different than their Legal Business Name. A corporation or LLC is required to file the DBA in the state or county in which the company was formed or foreign qualified.

Why Should I File a DBA?

Filing a DBA with the state will provide you with the documents to:

  • Open a bank account.
  • Advertise on business cards, letterhead or signs.
  • Collect checks and other receivables under the DBA name.
  • Officially use your DBA to discourage other entities from using your same name.
  • Use a DBA as a Domain Name (e-commerce and web marketing).
  • Conduct business under a name different than the Legal Business Name filed with the state.

There are no limits to the amount of DBA’s you file with the state. Having multiple DBA’s allows your company to market and operate different businesses under the same legal entity.

Where Should I File My DBA?

It is required to file the DBA in the state or county in which the company was formed or foreign qualified.

How Long Does It Take to Complete the DBA Filing Service?

The usual completion time for filing a DBA with iCorp is 4 to 6 weeks. DBA’s must be filed after the entity is accepted and registered by the state.

How Many DBA Names Can I Register?

There are no limits to the amount of DBA’s you file with the state. Having multiple DBA’s allows your company to market and operate different businesses under the same legal entity.

Can Someone Else Use My DBA Name?

Filing your DBA does not necessarily prevent or restrict a third party from using the filed DBA name. In order to restrict the use of the filed DBA name, the name must be trademarked.

Do DBA Filings Expire?

Expiration time constraints vary from state-to-state. Notification of the expiration of your DBA will be presented to the company at such time.

What Are the Publication Requirements for DBA Filings?

DBA publication requirements vary from state-to-state. Integrated Corp. Solutions will publish the DBA on a case-by-case basis when required.

  • Lower audit risk (corporations are audited less frequently).
  • Tax deductible expenses.
  • Self-employment tax savings.
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