What is a DBA
What is a DBA?

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What is a DBA?

DBA stands for "Doing Business As". A DBA is sometimes referred to as a "Trade Name", "Assumed Name", or "Fictitious Name". A DBA is not separate from its owners. A DBA in itself does not include the liability protections of a registered Corporation.

Corporations and LLCs often file a DBA to market a separate product or service. For businesses that have not registered as a Corporation or LLC, if there is one owner the DBA operates as a Sole Proprietorship; if there is more than one owner the DBA is classified as a General Partnership. Owners of a DBA are responsible for all business legal obligations and taxes.

If you want to operate as a DBA you are required to register, usually in the county in which you are going to conduct business. For example, Susan Smith Doing Business As Smith Bakery.

In some states a DBA has an expiration date.
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Administrative Dissolution
Agent for Service of Process
Apostille
Apportionment
Articles of Incorporation
Articles of Organization
Assumed Name
At Will LLC
Authorized Shares
B Corporation
Benefit Corporation
Board of Directors
Business Dissolution
Business Entity
Bylaws
Certificate of Existence
Certificate of Status
Certified Copy
Close Corporation
Common Stock
Conversion
Corporate Bylaws
Corporate Name Reservation
Corporate Stock
DBA
Disregarded Entity
Dividends
ESOP
Excise Tax
Federal Tax ID
Ficticious Name
Foreign Qualification
Franchise Tax
General Partnership
Good Standing Certificate
Incorporator
Involuntary Dissolution
IRS Form 966
ITIN
Limited Liability Company
Limited Partnership
Liquidation
LLC
LP
Majority Shareholder
Meetings
Merger
Nexus
Non-Stock Corporation
Nonprofit Corporation
Obligated Member LLC
Organizer
Paid-in Capital
Paid-in Surplus
Par Value
Personal Service Corporation
Preferred Stock
Privilege Tax
Professional Corporation
Professional Service
Proxy
Registered Agent
Registered Office
Reporting Requirements
Revocation
S Corporation
Series LLC
Service Mark
Shareholder
Sole Proprietor
Stated Capital
Statutory Agent
Stock Certificate
Term LLC
Trade Name
Trademark
Trust
Trustee
Winding Up
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