What is a DBA (Doing Business As)?

DBA lets the public know who the real owner of a business is. The DBA is also called a Fictitious Business Name or Assumed Business Name. It helps protect consumer, so dishonest business owners can't try to avoid legal trouble by operating under a different name. When someone files a DBA, it's normally circulated in some kind of print newspaper (maybe you've noticed all those "fictitious business name" entries in the local classifieds). It lets the community know exactly who people are behind a business

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1. Why are businesses required to get an Occupational Tax Certificate?
2. What are the hours of operation to obtain an Occupational Tax Certificate?
3. What are the requirements to obtain an Occupational Tax Certificate?
4. Is the occupational Tax Certificate transferable?
5. What if I move my location to another city or county?
6. How do I know when it’s time to renew my occupational tax certificate?
7. How long does it take to obtain an occupational tax certificate?
8. When is the due date for filing the renewal application?
9. What is a DBA (Doing Business As)?
10. Do I need a DBA?
11. How do I apply for a DBA?
12. Are all businesses required to have a Tax Identification Number (FEIN)?
13. How can I apply for a Tax Identification Number (EIN)?
14. What is a Sales and Use Tax Number (also called a Resale certificate or Resale Number)?
15. What is E-Verify?
16. What is an E-Verify Company ID?
17. What qualifies as a home-based business?
18. Are there any uses prohibited with a home-based business?
19. What fees are associated with obtaining an occupational tax certificate for a commercial or home-based business?
20. What are the fees for Insurance Companies doing business /writing policies in our city?
21. Are non-profits required to submit an annual application?
22. Who qualifies as a Practitioner of Profession?
23. What other services does the Business Development Department provide?
24. What forms of payment does your office accept?
25. Can I make a payment online or over the phone?
26. I am interested in advertising my business, how do I obtain a sign permit?