About Us

About Community CPA

Community CPA & Associates, Inc. is not your average accounting firm. We offer expertise with empathy, knowledge with understanding, and powerful technology with a human touch.
CEO and Certified Public Accountant, Ying Sa...

Meet Ying Sa

Ying Sa is the founder and Principal Certified Public Accountant at Community CPA & Associates, Inc. The firm provides tax, audit, accounting, business re-structuring and business IT solutions to businesses and individuals...

Our Team

Our team is bright, hardworking, talented and professional. We truly bring a world of diversity, experience, and quality service to our clients.

Peer Review

A peer review is a periodic outside review of a firm’s accounting and auditing practice aimed at helping the firm maintain and improve the quality of its services. We are pleased to announce the successful completion of an independent peer...

About Community CPA (The Firm)

Community CPA & Associates, Inc. is not your average accounting firm. We offer expertise with empathy, knowledge with understanding, and powerful technology with a human touch.

CEO and Certified Public Accountant, Ying Sa, and the rest of the team have a world of experience in domestic and international tax audit and dispute, tax planning, tax filing, accounting, payroll, and audit of non-profit and for-profit companies. No matter how simple or complex the situation you are in, Community CPA offers strategies and solutions that is easy to understand and quick to implement. At Community CPA, our team members are more than accountants to our clients. Each team member is considered a mentor, cheerleader, adviser, and partner in our client's successful business venture.

Community CPA & Associates Inc. is truly a global accounting firm. Our multi-lingual staff and unparalleled technology allow the firm to effectively and efficiently serve clients in every corner of the world. The firm works with everyone from startup immigrant entrepreneurs who need help navigating the complexities of doing business in America, to large multinational American-run corporations. Every one of our clients is treated with the same degree of importance and respect.

Community CPA & Associates, Inc. is the place where you will feel at home and appreciated. We are here to share our experience and knowledge in business and to help you succeed because your success is our success.


Meet Ying Sa

Ying Sa is the founder and Principal Certified Public Accountant at Community CPA & Associates, Inc. The firm provides tax, audit, accounting, business re-structuring and business IT solutions to businesses and individuals across the United States, Canada, and around the world. A native of China and former resident of Canada, Ying served five years as Vice President of Controllers for Wells Fargo Financial Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa, and six years as the Chief Financial Officer for the Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Iowa State University.

Ying has been featured in the Des Moines Register and the Des Moines Business Record on numerous occasions as recognition for her tireless and selfless work on behalf of the community, as well as the success of Community CPA & Associates, Inc.

Ying was honored with many awards for her volunteerism, entrepreneurial, and community spirit. These include the Community Business of the Year Award from the Chinese Association of Iowa in 2006, the Jim Goodman Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce in 2008, and the Passport to Prosperity Award from the Iowa Council for International Understanding in 2009. On February 23, 2010, in a ceremony at the Iowa Capitol, the Governor and First Lady of Iowa presented Ying with the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame, the highest award given for volunteerism in the State of Iowa.

Ying has successfully helped numerous large corporations, nonprofits, small businesses and individuals with a broad range of complicated tax and accounting issues. She enjoys interacting with people of all backgrounds and cultures, and she is passionate and generous about sharing her expertise with her clients. As a successful immigrant woman with broad corporate and business experience, Ying masterfully blends her unique life experiences and perspectives into her own professional work and her service to clients. In May of 2013, the Governor appointed Ying to serve on the Board of Iowa Accountancy; she served until May of 2019.

Upon meeting Ying, her devotion and passion to the industry and the community become immediately apparent. Her expertise, experience, compassion, and professionalism provide an unparalleled level of service that builds long lasting trust and relationships.


Functional Teams

 

Community CPA has 8 fuctional teams working onyour file. Click on the team name to see the team members.

Accounting Team
  • New Client Setup
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Sales Tax
  • Use Tax
  • Financial Statement
  • Client Bill Pay
Advisory & LegalTeam
  • Manage Onboarding Project
  • Entity / Licenses Set up
  • ACS / Payroll Set up
  • Research & Education
  • ITIN Application & Renewal
  • Client IT Support
  • Engagement Letter
Audit Team
  • New Client Setup
  • Audit
  • Attest
  • RFP
  • FS Reviewt
  • Firm Compliance
  • Firm Quality Control & Staff Training
Collection Team
  • Administration
  • Collection
  • Third Party Billing
Marketing & IT Team
  • Marketing
  • Firm IT Support
  • Recruitment
Payroll Team
  • New Client Setup
  • Payroll
  • W2 & 1099
  • Report
  • Year End
  • DOL Audit
  • WF Audit
Tax Team
  • New Client Setup
  • Tax Filing
  • Tax Review
  • Tax Audit
  • Tax Planning

Our Team

Our team is bright, hardworking, talented and professional. They truly bring a world of diversity, experience, and service to our clients. Meet our team:

Dan Yul Kim is the Firm’s Operations Manager. He is a team leader for the business consultation team. Dan received his degree in Business Administration and Accounting from AIB College of Business. He is from Republic of Korea and speaks Korean.

Milagro Nava is the Branch Manager of the Des Moines office and is a team leader for the collection team in the Des Moines office She is from El Salvador and speaks Spanish.


Eileen Lee is a team leader for the audit team. She received her degree in Economics from University of Iowa. She is from Republic of Korea and speaks Korean.

Tiffany Wang is the Branch Manager of the Bloomington office. She received her Bachelor and Master in Accountancy from Truman State University. She is from China and speaks Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese).


Amanda Khoo is a member of the tax and payroll team in the Des Moines office. She received her degree in Finance and International Business from Drake University. Amanda is from Penang, Malaysia and speaks Chinese, Malay/Indonesian, and Hokkien.

Jolene Wang is the team leader for the tax team. Jolene received her Master of Accountancy from Western Illinois University. She is from China and speaks Mandarin Chinese.


Karina Reyes-Zuniga is a member of the accounting and payroll team in the Des Moines office. She is from Mexico and speaks Spanish.

Erica Lee is a member of the business consultation and accounting team in the Bloomington office. Erica received her degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is from the Republic of Korea and speaks Korean.


Catherine Tran is a team leader for the marketing team and is a member of the accounting team in the Des Moines office. She received her Master of Arts degree from Andover Newton Theological School and speaks Vietnamese.

Victor Liu is a member of the accounting and payroll team in the Des Moines office. He received his degrees in Economics and Business Administration from Purdue University and Jiangnan University in China, respectively. Victor is from China and speaks Mandarin Chinese.


JY Lee is a member of the tax and accounting team in the Des Moines office. He received his degrees in Master’s Accountancy from Drake University. JY is from Republic of Korea and is fluent in Korean.

Zeya Han is a member of the accounting and payroll team in the Coralville office while performing front desk duties. She has received her degree in Psychology from University of Iowa. Zeya is from China and speaks Mandarin Chinese.


Sophie Faumete is a member of the accounting and payroll team in the Bloomington office. She received her Bachelor degree in Accounting from Menlo College. Sophie is from Cameroon and speaks French.

Liz Ng is a business analyst supporting the accounting and tax team in the Coralville office. She received her Master's in Business Analytics at the University of South Dakota. Liz is from Malaysia and speaks Malay and Chinese.


June Kim is a member of the accounting and tax team in the Coralville office. He received his degree in Finance from University of Iowa. June is from Republic of Korea and speaks Korean.

Niko Madrigal is a member of the accounting and payroll team in the Coralville office. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor degree in Accounting at University of Iowa. Niko speaks Spanish as a second language.


Jackie Salinas is a member of the Des Moines office's payroll and business consultation team and speaks Spanish.

Yesenia Ramirez is a member of the accounting and tax team in the Des Moines office. She received her Bachelor degree in Business Administration at UNID. Yesenia is from Mexico and speaks Spanish.


Bryan Rodriguez is a member of the tax and accounting team in the Des Moines office. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Iowa State University and speaks Spanish.

Maria Rubi is an administrative assistant and first to greet you at the Des Moines office. She is a member of the collection team and speaks Spanish.



Code of Conduct/Quality Control System – a road map to excellence

The Community CPA & Associates, Inc. Code of Conduct defines underlining values and the standards with which we conduct our business. It is designed to provide everyone, including our clients, with a clear understanding of how we should perform on a daily basis. It is a road map to guide the actions and behaviors at Community CPA & Associates, Inc. Our Code of Conduct outlines the resources available to help each of us fulfill our responsibility to both understand and comply with the professional standards.

Every year, we review and affirm the agreement to comply with the Quality Control System and the Code of Conduct. All employees complete mandatory training that reinforces the principles of the Code of Conduct, and the use of the System further builds understanding of the firm’s expectations. Through these self-governed measures and the vigilance of all of our employees, we work hard to maintain a culture that values integrity in all areas of our company.

Read about Community CPA & Associates Quality Control System.


Peer Review

A peer review is a periodic outside review of a firm’s accounting and auditing practice aimed at helping the firm maintain and improve the quality of its services. We are pleased to announce the successful completion of an independent peer review of our firm’s accounting and auditing practice in January 29, 2021.

The Iowa Accountancy Examining Board, the state regulating agency for Certified Public Accountants in the state of Iowa, requires as a condition of renewal for a CPA firm license, that a firm that issues engagements subject to peer review must complete a peer review once every three years. Our participation demonstrates our desire to meet the profession's high standards of professionalism and our commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of our practice.


Online Payment Policies

SECURITY POLICY:

Your payment and personal information is always safe. Community CPA’s website uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software which is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. SSL encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that such information cannot be read over the internet.

PRIVACY POLICY:

We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. All personally identifiable information collected is strictly for payment processing and payment recording purposes only, and we will not sell your personally identifiable information to anyone.

REFUND POLICY:

To request a refund for any reason, please contact Community CPA at 515-288-3188. Upon the resolution of the issues and agreement of a refund, the refund will be provided as a credit to the credit card used.