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For a DBA/Fictitious name - are there any regular filing needs?

San Jose, CA |


I have an S Corp and I file legal requirements every year with SOS CA. I am good here.
If I sign up for a DBA (same S Corp) - will this entity have any separate annual filings needed for my county or state or federal government?

Thanks so much.

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CA DBAs expire every 5 years and need to be renewed, but there are no annual filings.

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The filing of a DBA creates no independent obligations other than renewal every 5 years.

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I agree with my colleagues.

Please note that the fictitious business name is *not* a separate entity - it is an alternative way to refer to the existing corporate entity.

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