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Make a Name for Yourself With a DBA

When starting a business there are many things to consider, and your company name is a big decision. As a business owner, if you plan on operating the business under a name different than its legal one, you need to register it as a DBA, or ‘Doing Business As’. For example, if your legal name is ‘ABC Distributing’ but you are calling this particular business ‘XY Office Supplies’, you would need to file a DBA. It doesn’t matter what type of business entity you have; a corporation, sole proprietorship, LLC, and a non-profit can all have a DBA.

It only takes a 2-step filing process to start a DBA, which makes the process painless and simple. At DoMyLLC, we make sure that all the proper paperwork is filled out properly so that you can concentrate on the rest of the business tasks.

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Advantages of a DBA

A major advantage of a DBA is that the company maintains a professional presence no matter where its home base is. For example, companies that are run out of a home or small office tend to benefit from using a DBA. Using a DBA also has good advertising potential when looking to build a brand. Another advantage is that one owner can have multiple businesses while operating from one central control. Find out more about DBA benefits here .

Comparison Chart

LLC

C-Corp

S-Corp

DBA

LLCs provide personal liability and asset protection. Members (owners) are not held personally liable for the debts of the company.

C-Corps provide personal liability and asset protection. Officers, Directors, and Shareholders are not held personally liable for the debts of the company.

S-Corps provide personal liability and asset protection. Officers, Directors and Shareholders are not held personally liable for the debts of the company.

Owners have no personal liability or asset protection. Owners are held personally liable for the debts of the company.

Pass through taxation. LLCs are not taxed at the Corporate level. The profits and losses pass through to the members to report with their personal income tax.

C-Corps are double taxed. The company is taxed at the corporate level and dividends distributed to share holders are taxed as well.

Pass through taxation. S-Corps are not taxed at the Corporate level. The profits and losses pass through to the shareholders to report with their personal income tax.

DBA's are not taxed at the corporate level. Profits and losses are report by the owner/owners with their personal income taxes.

Although fees vary by state, LLCs are required to pay a filing fee along with the article of organization to set up an LLC.

Although fees vary by state, C-Corps are required to pay a filing fee along with the articles of incorporation to set up an C-Corp.

Although fees vary by state, S-Corps are required to pay a filing fee along with the articles of incorporation to set up an S-Corp.

Most DBA filings are done at the county level and do not require a state formation fee. Some states de require a state level registration and filing fee.

LLCs can be member managed or manager managed. In a member managed LLC the owners of the company are the ones that manage the day to day activities of the LLC. In a Manager-managed LLC the member elected a manager or managers to manage the day to day activities of the LLC.

C-Corps have shareholders, directors and officers. The shareholders are the owners of the company. The directors are elected by the shareholders and they appoint/elect officers to run the day to day activities of the business. People can hold multiple offices A C-Corp can have one person who is the only shareholder, directors and officer.

S-Corps have shareholders, directors and officers. The shareholders are the owners of the company. The directors are elected by the shareholders and they appoint/elect officers to run the day to day activities of the business. People can hold multiple offices A S-Corp can have one person who is the only shareholder, director and officer.

DBA owner/owners run ALL day to day activates of the company and have no restrictions within their role.

LLCs have a very informal business structure. LLCs have become very popular to form for this reason. LLCs are not required to hold meetings, documents minutes of meetings, issue stock or elect directors.

C-Corps have a very formal structure. C-Corps are required to have bylaws, hold annual meetings, documents minutes of meetings, issue stock and elect directors. Failure to comply with these formalities could cause the corporate veil to be pierced.

S-Corps have a very formal structure. S-Corps are required to have bylaws, hold annual meetings, documents minutes of meetings, issue stock and elect directors. Failure to comply with these formalities could cause the corporate veil to be pierced.

No corporate formalities are required.

LLCs can be either perpetual or have and finite end date. The existence term of an LLC is usually document in the operating agreement of the company. Some states require on the article of organization to list a termination date or list a perpetual existance. If perpetual the company will continue to exist the member die or if member interests are transferred.

C-Corps are a separate legal entity and have a perpetual existence. The corporation survives death and or transfer of stock of the owners.

S-Corps are a separate legal entity and have a perpetual existence. The corporation survives death and or transfer of stock of the owners.

A DBA ends with the death of the owner/owners or upon closing the business.

Most states require LLCs to file a annual report of pay franchise taxes on a yearly or biennially. Some states do not require any filings.

Most states require C-Corps to file a annual report or pay franchise taxes on a yearly or biennially. These fees can range from $10-$1,000 depending on state guidelines Some states do not require any filings.

Most states require S-Corps to file a annual report or pay franchise taxes on a yearly or biennially. These fees can range from $10-$1,000 depending on state guidelines. Only a handful of states do not have a annual or biennial filing requirement.

No ongoing maintenance or yearly filing requirements.

Since LLCs do not have stock to issue they can not sell stock to raise capital. LLCs are a separate legal entity and can earn credit, they can also obtain bank loans to raise capital. LLCs can get capital from existing member to take on additional member if approved in their operating agreement.

C-Corps can raise capital through selling varies types of stock. Once someone purchase stock they become a shareholder and business owner. Since C-Corps are a separate legal entity and can earn credit they can also obtain bank loans to raise capital.

S-Corps can raise capital through selling varies types of stock. Once someone purchase stock they become a shareholder and business owner. Since S-Corps are a separate legal entity and can earn credit they can also obtain bank loans to raise capital.

Capital is generally raised through bank loans since DBAs can not issue stock.

A DBA is only a name or brand as opposed to a business entity, which means that it offers no legal protection. The comparison chart assumes that the DBA was registered by a sole proprietor, and the tax advantages/disadvantages would change depending on the business structure the DBA was filed under. Visit the for more tax information.

FAQ

A DBA means ‘Doing Business As’, and it is required when an owner wants a company to run under a different name than the legal one. It is also known as a ‘Fictitious Name’, ‘Assumed Name’, and ‘Trade Name’.

A DBA can help a company build a brand name and it can be used through every growth level of the company.

Any business entity can form a DBA, including a partnership, LLC, sole proprietorship, professional corporation, corporation, non-profit corporation, and S corporation.

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Ready to Start Your DBA?

If you are ready to file a DBA, we are here to help. We handle all of the paperwork, and all we need from you is $99 plus any required state fees. It is a simple 2-step process and once you complete and sign the required documents, leave the rest to us and you can focus on growing your business.

Package Includes:

  • Name Availability Check
  • Filed DBA Documents
  • Publication if Required in Your Jurisdiction

If you are interested in starting a DBA, give our office a call at 888-366-9552.