Q: Does a PA (USA) Sole Proprietorship have to file DBAs for other states and Foreign Countries?
Background: I am going to see life coaching clients from all over the USA/world by online teleconferencing software.
Do I need to file DBAs for each USA States and Foreign Country when I encounter a new client from a new country/USA state?
A: Assuming you will be 'headquartered' and conducting business in PA from a teleconference originating in PA, I believe the answer is "no."
A: You really should meet with an experienced business attorney on this one, rather than relying on a Q&A service. You have a number of issues in your question, including whether or not a sole proprietorship is your proper entity when performing these types of services. For most states you can insert a provision in your engagement letter or contract for services that states that the services are being provided in PA and thus should be able to avoid registering to do business in most other states, and avoiding sales tax issues, etc.. That may not work in all states (ie., be careful in California in particular), and may also be a potential issue in other countries.
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