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When is it legally required to file a DBA in most states?

In most states, it is legally required to file a Doing Business As (DBA) when an individual or company intends to conduct business under a name different from their own, corporation, or Limited Liability Company (LLC). This requirement is in place to protect consumers from business fraud and to maintain transparency in business operations. For instance, if you are a sole proprietor or part of a general partnership and do not wish to transact business under your personal name, you can file for a DBA. This also applies to corporations and LLCs that wish to expand into a new business line not covered by their existing business name. Moreover, a DBA is necessary to open business bank accounts and accept payments under the business name. It also allows businesses to operate under different names that accurately represent subsets of their operations, enhancing credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of suppliers and customers. In addition, some prospective clients may require a DBA before awarding contracts or jobs. For example, a freelance graphic designer bidding for work at a local corporation may need to form an LLC or incorporate their business, which would require a DBA.

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