A DBA is "Doing Business As" if the name of your business is different from your own. If you are operating the business as XYZ Desktop Publishing, for example, you are required to register the fictitious or assumed business name at your city or county clerk’s office.
Some states require that the fictitious business name be registered with the Secretary of State or other state agency. Procedures vary, but the process is fairly easy. In most states, you'll register it at the county level. Be sure to call your county clerk’s office to find out its procedures, requirements and fees. Filing fee ranges from $10 to $50.
Generally, businesses need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or federal tax identification number. The EIN is used to identify a business entity such as a corporation, LLC, or partnership. Sole proprietorships that need to pay federal excise of employment taxes are required to get
On the other hand, sole proprietors with no employees are not required to get an EIN, and can instead use their Social Security numbers.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web site at http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/businesses/sm. contains all the information you need about EIN and how to apply for an EIN electronically.
Some states require that a business get a state tax ID as well, though not all. For Minnesota, for example, to get a state tax ID for your business, you need to get your EIN first from the IRS (if applicable) https://www.mndor.state.mn.us/er/ctrl/We.
Basically, what you need to start your business will depend in your state's requirements and procedures for opening a new business. Check either with your Secretary of State website or official state government website (e.g. Alabama.gov) to find out how to start a business in your state and the requirements
imisidro · 9 years ago