The abbreviation DBA stands for “doing business as.” If a company decides to operate using a trade name rather than its legal name, the owners must apply for a DBA in Texas. DBAs are used for several reasons, including increasing brand awareness, maintaining ownership privacy, expanding into new markets, or avoiding confusion with similarly named companies. Using an assumed or trade name does not offer any taxation benefits.
Applying for an EIN in Texas is the first step for any new business owner. Get your employer identification number within an hour of filling out our online EIN application.
Next, new, and existing business owners alike must decide on the DBA they want to use. The assumed name should clearly identify your company in a meaningful and memorable way. It should not be misleading. For example, a sole proprietorship cannot use “Inc.” in its trade name as this makes consumers think the company is structured differently. Search the Texas corporate name database to make sure your desired trade name isn’t already in use.
Once you have decided on an assumed name, you need to file the appropriate paperwork. The forms vary based on whether your business entity is structured as a sole proprietorship, general partnership, corporation, LLC, or LLP.
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