Do I need a DBA?

In general, there are two reasons why a business would obtain a DBA:

  1. For sole proprietors: If you're operating your business as a sole proprietor, then you may need to file for a DBA if your business has a different name than your own name. So, let's say I've started a gardening business called Spring Flowers Gardening; I'll need to file for a DBA for "Spring Flowers Gardening."
    • There are a few other details to know. In some cases, you don't need a DBA if your business name is a combination of your name and a description of your product or service. In this case, if my business was called Ricky Johnson's Gardening Service, I may not need a DBA. But, if it's just my first name (aka Ricky's Gardening Service), then a DBA may be required. If that sounds confusing, don't worry; just touch base with Henry County Superior Clerk's Office at 770-288-8022 and ask them if you'll need a DBA.
  2. For corporations and LLCs: If you have filed to become a corporation or LLC, then you've already registered your business name and may NOT need a DBA. However, you are encouraged to get a DBA if you plan on conducting business using a name that's different than the name filed with your LLC/corporation paperwork.

So back to my Spring Flowers business…I incorporated my business as Spring Flowers Gardening. My business will need to file a DBA in order to operate under "" or "Spring Flowers." Likewise, if I opened a Garden Shop, I'd need a DBA for "Spring Flowers Garden Shop." In short, you're encouraged to obtain a DBA to operate with any kind of variation of your original name.

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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?