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Register a Trade Name in Louisiana

How to File a Trade Name in Louisiana?
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Posted On : Sun Nov 13th,2016

How to File a Trade Name in Louisiana?

Starting business under a sole proprietorship  as a trade name is the simplest way to start business in the State of Louisiana.


Legal requirements to operate a business under a trade name

  • The name must not be identical with the existing name is registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State.
  • Trade name application should be filed with the state along with the applicable fee.
  • It is not a separate entity from personal like a corporation and a limited liability company.
  • A trade name is created under your legal given name and is not protected as a corporation or a limited liability company.
  • No annual report is to be filed to maintain a trade name in the state of Louisiana.
  • Secretary of state does not issue a good standing letter to a dba.
  • Employer Identification Number is only required for a dba, if you are hiring employee(s).
  • Sales and Use Tax license may be required, if selling taxable products and services in the state of Louisiana.
  • Business license in the state of Louisiana may be required to conduct business in the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana Trade Name Registration of a legal entity

A trade name can also be added under your LLC or a Corporation to advertise different products or services. You can add more than one trade name under your legal entity.


Filing Taxes Under a Trade Name

Income and Loss reports on Form 1040 end of the year.


Processing Time

Secretary of state usually takes 2-3 working days to process the trade name application.


Renewal of Louisiana Trade Name

It is valid for ten years and may be requested to renew before six months from expiration.


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