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Do I need to register a DBA before I can begin doing business with it?


DBA (Doing Business As) Filing Service


In most cases, state and local jurisdictions require a DBA to be filed prior to transacting business with it. But in some jurisdictions, a DBA filing is required within a specific period of time of the initial date of use (often within 30 - 60 days).

Another consideration is that without a registered DBA, a business can usually not open a bank account in that name.



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Do I need a Federal Tax ID (EIN) in order to register a DBA? By law, your business must be identified using either your Social Security Number or a Federal Tax ID (also known as an Employer Identification Number). Sole Proprietors can use their Social Security ...
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When do I need to obtain a Federal Tax ID (EIN)? A business generally needs to obtain a Federal Tax ID if any of the following are true: the business is operating as something other than a Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership; there are one or...
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Why else should I file a DBA? Aside from the importance of legal compliance, another important reason to register a DBA is financial purposes. Banks will generally only allow you to open an account under your one official legal ...
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Where is my DBA filed? DBAs are generally filed with the state and/or county and/or city where you are going to conduct business under the DBA name. Some jurisdictions also require publication of an announcement of the DBA ...
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