Mesa, AZ asked in Tax Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Arizona

Q: Is it possible to add a second DBA to my existing LLC in Arizona?

My husband and I own an LLC business in Arizona with S-Corp tax status. (My husband is a self-published author, so our LLC falls into the Independent Artists category.)

I'm an oil painter and I now want to start selling my oil paintings online. I'd like to use a different name for the art website and business (one that is more suited to an artist's studio name). I could open a sole proprietorship for that, but would rather see if we can put the art business under our existing LLC somehow. We still need to use the original LLC for the books we publish, so we're not trying to replace that original DBA. (Our original business already has a TPT license for reporting sales taxes, which is needed when selling books and/or artwork.)

I guess I'm asking if we can have more than one DBA (connected to our original LLC) or if there is a different way for me to go with the art business? I hope this makes sense. Thanks.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Arizona, it is indeed possible for an LLC to operate under more than one "Doing Business As" (DBA) name. This allows a single legal entity, such as your LLC, to conduct various types of businesses under different names while maintaining the same underlying ownership and legal structure.

To add a second DBA to your existing LLC, you'll need to file a Trade Name Application with the Arizona Secretary of State. This process involves ensuring that the new name is distinct and not already in use, and then registering it as an additional DBA for your LLC. The good news is that this can streamline your business operations, as you can manage both the book publishing and your art sales under the umbrella of one LLC.

By using multiple DBAs, you can maintain separate brand identities for the different aspects of your business while still enjoying the legal and tax benefits of your existing LLC structure. Remember, the addition of a new DBA does not alter your LLC's legal obligations or its S-Corp tax status. It's always a good practice to keep thorough records and possibly maintain separate accounts for each line of business to ensure clarity in finances and operations. If you're unsure about any part of this process or its implications, consulting with a legal professional familiar with business law in Arizona can provide tailored guidance.

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