Doing Business As (DBA)

Already have an LLC, Corp, Non-Profit or sole proprietorship? Want to work under a Different Name? We can file a DBA so you can do just that. Filing a DBA allows a person or Entity to use a name different from their legal name. It’s the least expensive way to use a business name as a sole proprietor and it allows LLC’s and Corp’s to operate multiple businesses without having to form a separate entity.

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Make a Name for Yourself With a DBA

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of forming a business is deciding upon a name. This is especially important if as the business owner, you wish to operate under a different name than the legal one. To do this, you must register it as a DBA, or ‘Doing Business As.’ In laymen’s terms, a DBA is the name in which the company operates under, rather than the legal name used in the formation documents.

For example, sole proprietors are likely to have their own name listed as the legal name and for multiple reasons, operating under the legal name isn’t ideal. Registering a DBA allows the owner to create a unique name that accurately reflects the purpose of the business while also keeping their personal details private.

All business entities are able to file for a DBA, whether they are a corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp), LLC, nonprofit or sole proprietor. While it may not seem necessary, there are many benefits to creating a DBA which may help make the process a little more desirable.

A DBA protects the privacy of sole proprietors, but may also be necessary to conduct basic business transactions like opening a bank account and accepting payments. They are also beneficial if the corporation or LLC is operating more than one business. Find out more about DBA Benefits here.

Keep in mind that a DBA is only a name or a brand and not a business entity, therefore there is no legal protection with registering a DBA. Owners do not receive personal liability or asset protection and owners are still held personally liable for the debts of the company.

Visit our DBA Basics page and our DBA Checklist to learn more about who will benefit from a DBA as well as a step-by-step guide on how to file for a DBA.

At DoMyLLC, we have a simple, two-step process that makes filing for a DBA as easy as possible. You’ll provide the information, we’ll take care of the paperwork, and for a $99 fee (in addition to any state filing fees), you can focus on growing your business while we focus on the details.

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Comparison Chart

  • Liability Protection

  • Pass Through Taxation

  • Articles of Organization

  • Complex Management Structure

  • Formal Business Structure

  • Perpetual Existence

  • Year Compliance Requirements

  • Raising Capital

LLC

  • Liability Protection

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

  • Pass Through Taxation

    LLC‘s are not taxed at the Corporate level. The profits and losses pass through to the members to report with their personal income tax.

  • State Filing Fees

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

  • Complex Management Structure

    LLC‘s can be Member-Managed or Manager-Managed. In a Member-Managed LLC the owners(s) of the company run the day to day activities of the LLC. In a Manager-Managed LLC the member(s) elect a manager(s) to run the day to day activates of the LLC.

  • Formal Business Structure

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

  • Perpetual Existence

    LLC‘s can be either perpetual or have a finite end date. The existence term of an LLC is usually documented 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 if the member(s) die or if member(s) interests are transferred.

  • Year Compliance Requirements

    Most states require LLC‘s to file an annual report or pay a franchise tax on a yearly or biennial basis. Some states do not require any filings.

  • Raising Capital

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

C-Corp

  • Liability Protection

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

  • Pass Through Taxation

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

  • State Filing Fees

    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.

  • Complex Management Structure

    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.

  • Formal Business Structure

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

  • Perpetual Existence

    C-Corps are a separate legal entity and have a perpetual existence. The corporation survives death and the transferring of stock by the shareholders.

  • Year Compliance Requirements

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

  • Raising Capital

    C-Corps can raise capital through selling various types of stock. Once someone purchases 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-Corp

  • Liability Protection

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

  • 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.

  • State Filing Fees

    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.

  • Complex Management Structure

    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.

  • Formal Business Structure

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

  • Perpetual Existence

    S-Corps are a separate legal entity and have a perpetual existence. The corporation survives death and the transferring of stock by the shareholders.

  • Year Compliance Requirements

    Most states require S-Corps to file a annual report or pay franchise taxes on a yearly or biennially timeline. 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.

  • Raising Capital

    S-Corps can raise capital through selling various types of stock. Once someone purchases 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.

DBA

  • Liability Protection

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

  • Pass Through Taxation

    DBAs are not taxed at the corporate level. Profits and losses are reported by the owner/owners with their personal income taxes.

  • State Filing Fees

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

  • Complex Management Structure

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

  • Formal Business Structure

    No corporate formalities are required.

  • Perpetual Existence

    A DBA ends with the death of the owner(s) or upon closing the business.

  • Year Compliance Requirements

    No ongoing maintenance or yearly filing requirements.

  • Raising 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.

For a complete list of FAQ about forming a DBA, please click here.

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.