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North Carolina – DBA

FILING A NORTH CAROLINA DBA

State law dictates that a sole proprietorship, general partnership or any other business form that wishes to operate under an assumed name needs to file a DBA. A DBA (Doing Business As) can also be called a trade name or a fictitious name.

For instance, if ‘Bill’s Security Firm’ wants to operate as ‘Rapid Security Solutions,’ then the state of North Carolina requires him to file for a DBA.

Why you need a North Carolina DBA

According to the NC General Statute § 66-68, before any business entity undertakes business in North Carolina under a different name other than the registered one, the owner needs to file for a DBA. For a sole proprietorship, general partnership, corporations, and limited liability companies, owners should file for the assumed name with the Register of Deeds of the business’ county location.

Here are some other advantages of filing a DBA in North Carolina;

· You can open a business account with the new name

· Get to advertise your business

· You can receive payments

· You can create contracts

· Avoid fraudulent trade practices

· Get to instill confidence in your clients

· Maintaining legal claim over business name

Setting up a North Carolina DBA

Before you file a DBA in North Carolina, you need to perform a name search with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State and the Register of Deeds to ascertain that your name choice has not been registered.

While choosing an assumed name, you should bear in mind not use misleading names or the name of a government authority or political party. Therefore, using the ‘Inc’ when your business is not a corporation is an offense.

Filing and Registration of a DBA

Although the registration process may be different in the various counties of North Carolina, the law requires the following information when filing a DBA;

· Owners name and address

· DBA name

· Business premises address

· Nature of business dealings

When it comes to obtaining a DBA form in North Carolina, it is different in every county. Therefore, it is advisable that if you want to file a DBA, contact the local county in which you wish to transact business. By that, you will know which forms to fill and how to get hold of them. Additionally, you can visit the county website for more information. You can also visit www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/

For tax considerations, note that filing a DBA does not affect the way your business is taxed.

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