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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Jul 31, 2008

For what it is worth: I just received notification from the State Department (Florida) that even though you may be a sole proprietor and receive payments in your own personal name, if you operate a website using a fictitious name (ex. Translation World, etc.), you must register that name with the State you live in (fictitious name registration) or you could be subject to a heavy fine or jail time. Your State laws may differ.


[Edited at 2008-07-31 12:23]


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RichardDeegan
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Nothing new Jul 31, 2008

Sounds like the standard requirement to register DBAs (doing business as) that has been in effect in almost all states for a long time. The purpose is to relate a business name to a particular individual.
If you are doing business under a name other than your own, what's the harm?


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Arturo Delgado  Identity Verified
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Not fictitious Jul 31, 2008

I would not call it a fictitious name.
Like Richard says, it is a DBA (Doing Business As)
One of the benefits is being able to write off business expenses when you do your taxes.
Please, don't go to jail (where other inmates may find you a fictitious name).
Good luck,
Arturo


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texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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Thanks Jul 31, 2008

Hi Jeff,

I live in FL too, but I haven't received any notification (at least not yet). I was totally unaware of this requirement, but since I'm setting up my own website this information is certainly useful. Thanks.

Regards from Jax (quite rainy today)

PS. Do you have any link where I can gather additional details on the matter?
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Thank you again Jeff for your prompt reply. 50 $ is not too bad.. it's the jail time that scared me!

[Edited at 2008-07-31 14:55]


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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Fictitious name or dba Jul 31, 2008

Don't panic. I did not receive a letter in the mail. I was the one who contacted the State Department and asked if this was required in my situation.

However, the cost is only $50 and this is good for five years.

Here is the application: http://form.sunbiz.org/fic_form.html
and these are the FAQ: https://efile.sunbiz.org/ficfaq.html

Fictitious name and dba are the same thing: http://www.amerilawyer.com/dba.htm

I knew this was required if you have a bank account and/or accept payments using a fictitious name, but I was not aware that you needed this merely if you have a website and I thought others may want to know this information.

According to what I have read (but please verify this on your own), you do not need it if your website/business includes your full name (ex. JohnSmithTranslations.com), but you do need it if you only use part of your name (Mary'sTranslations.com or JonesTranslations.com).

texjax DDS PhD wrote:

Hi Jeff,

I live in FL too, but I haven't received any notification (at least not yet). I was totally unaware of this requirement, but since I'm setting up my own website this information is certainly useful. Thanks.

Regards from Jax (quite rainy today)

PS. Do you have any link where I can gather additional details on the matter?






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Luisa Ramos, CT  Identity Verified
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No idea Jul 31, 2008

Thanks, Jeff. I had no idea. Florida is squeezing us like its famous oranges.

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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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It's not the web site that needs registering Jul 31, 2008

The issue, of course, is that the web site uses a fictitious name as its header/title. If the site simply used your name as the business name, I doubt you'd have to pay the registration fee.

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Graciela Guzman  Identity Verified
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Same in Argentina Aug 1, 2008

No need to worry. The same happens in Argentina. To have a website you need clearance from the State Department and the cost is $50. Your server has to fix this for you.

Regards from Buenos Aires


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Drew MacFadyen
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Great thread and topic - would you all consider adding to the ProZWiki on the subhject that I just created at http://www.proz.com/prozwiki/en:Doing_Business_As_-DBA

You must be logged in to edit. Please add to this article so all of your colleagues can benefit from your shared knowledge and experience.

Regards,

Drew MacFadyen


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