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Ohio – DBA

File A Ohio DBA

The state of Ohio calls for any business entity that wishes to operate under a name different from the owner’s to register a trade name also known as a fictitious name. Although often referred to as filing a DBA in other states, the state of Ohio does not use that term. However, registration of a trade name serves the same purpose with DBA; recognizing that you are transacting under an assumed name.

Why you need an Ohio DBA

Other than the fact that it is mandatory by law to report the use of a secondary name, there are various prudent grounds for registering a trade name in Ohio. Registration of a trade name;

· Reserves exclusive rights to that name in Ohio

· Creates a public record which can easily be used to identify the name of a business owner

· Allows a business owner to set up a business account

· Allows the business to perform operations such as written contracts and receive payments

· Prevents claims of fraudulent trade practices

An important point to note is that trade name registration is not the same as registering an entity. Entity registration is not necessary for sole proprietorship and general partnerships

Setting up an Ohio DBA

The first step when filing for an Ohio DBA is to perform a name search. One way to do this is by having the local county clerk search the corporate names in your locality or search the Ohio Secretary of State database.

When selecting a trade name, make sure not to use misleading names. For instance, Bill’s Security Firm should not be called ‘Department of Defense.’ Also, you should avoid inaccurate entity designations, e.g. LLC can only be used for Limited liability companies.

Filing & Registration

After receiving authorization to proceed with your trade name registration, the next step is to fill out form 534A. You can find it here www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/business/forms/534A.pdf. On the form, you get to choose whether you want to file for a trade name or a fictitious name which are two different things in Ohio. A trade name ensures that no other business can register a name overly similar to yours without your consent. A fictitious name, on the other hand, waives that protection.

The following information is required when filing a DBA in Ohio;

· Name of owner

· Principal business address

· Current name of business

· Proposed DBA name

· Nature of the business

Tax considerations

Registration of a trade name does not affect how your business is taxed.

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