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Old 03-12-2004, 08:13 PM
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around here they search a database to see if its in use in the area. (4 a DBA) meaning someone living in the U.P. (sence i live in metropolitan detroit) could have the same name (or so the lady behind the counter told me)

Basicly DBA is

john smith Doing Biz. As "some lawn company"

you should call your county clerks office and they can prob. answer your questions.
Tony W.
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Old 03-13-2004, 03:24 AM
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this thread reminds me that my DBA will expire this year
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Old 03-13-2004, 01:52 PM
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Originally posted by lawnlubber
I have been operating 12 years without a dba, it's not necessary. Yes I do have employees, I do pay workers comp, unemployment,sales tax, FICA, income tax and carry insurance. I think whether you get one depends on what type of business you have and how you plan to market it. You do need one to set up a business account at the bank in any other than your given name. You need the business account to cash checks made to a "business name." In my case all payments are made to me personally. If someone adds "lawn care" or something after my name, I can't cash that check. I run my business in a low-key, neighborly, informal way,so using just my own name suits me fine.

How do you claim all the expenses you pay if you dont show any income. How do you get your 04 number to pay fica, and all the other taxes if your not a dba?

Whats your workmens comp rate?
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Old 03-14-2004, 04:17 PM
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I use my own name to file all my taxes. I claim income and business deductions I am entitled to on Schedule C Form 1040 like many others here. I did need to get a federal EIN as well as a new state number when I hired employees but these are under my own name (thus no need for a dba). It is just a matter of putting my name in the line for business name. I keep a seperate personal checking account for business use. Those checks cash just as well for Uncle Sam and my employees and suppliers as checks from a business checking account.
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