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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.

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.


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:

Song Jing Mo is a Partner at Community CPA. Born in Panama, he graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a double major in Finance and Management and a minor in Economics. His innate, natural born leadership qualities sets him apart from many and allows him to balance professional service and friendship with ease. His calm and collected demeanor as well as the willingness to be there in times of need for both the Firm and clients makes him the second most sought in our Firm.

Bo Dong is the Tax Manager of the Firm. He is from China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He received his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Resources from Drake University in 2010. He completed his MAcc at Drake University in 2012 and passed all four CPA exams in 2017. He is especially sought after by our Chinese clients who trust Bo to handle their pressing accounting and tax issues. When you first meet Bo, he might appear a bit rigid but that discipline serves the clients well. His high standards for accuracy and his care and commitment to the well-being of our clients are second to none.


Dan Yul Kim currently serves as the Branch Manager of the Iowa City branch. Dan is also in charge of the Firm's business development and marketing efforts. As part of the Firm's sponsorship and dedication to its community, Dan undertook the role of Program Manager in 2013 at Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Ying founded in 2008. He is a graduate of AIB College of Business in Business Administration with background in Accounting. Born in Korea, Dan is a Korean native speaker and is the cheerleader at the Firm. His jovial and optimistic demeanor is contagious so he is the person you will want to talk to when you need your spirits lifted.

Charles Njoya is the Firm's Audit Manager and leads our Audit and Assurance Line of Service. He received his MBA from Maharishi University of Management and is a CPA and Chartered Accountant. He spent 15 years of career as an Auditor rising to the position of Audit Director at PwC. Charles is a Cameroon native and speaks French fluently. Interesting fact about Charles is that he has worked in 39 different countries around the world and lived in 7 of them.


Sandra Jerde brings 30 years of extensive experience in tax compliance and compilation. She is a licensed CPA and ran her own practice from 1993 until 2015. In 1991, she received the Certificate of Commendation from Small Business Administration for representing women in business. Sandra was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and travels to New York City multiple times a year to enjoy broadway plays, museums, unique cafes, and street musicians. She is an inspiration as she teaches the young people how to love life and how to live life to the fullest.

Don Nguyen is the Firm's legal counsel. Don is a member of the Iowa Bar and Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa since 2007. Don has obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Southern California Institute of Law and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University. Don provides legal counsel and guidance to the Public and Private Corporations and Nonprofits and also advises finance and corporate development regarding mergers and acquisitions and other transactional matters. He is a dog lover and an avid fisherman.


Yu Yu is a licensed financial planner. Her practice at the Firm is in the area of taxes. Yu Yu received her Bachelor's in Finance and Accounting from University of Iowa. She has been in the financial industry as an Investment Advisro Representative since 2010 and has her life/health license, long-term care certificates, series 6, 63, adnd 65 licenses. She was born in Shanghai, China and speaks Mandarin and Korean fluently. Yu Yu enjoys spending quality time with her family and volunteering at different schools and organizations in the community.

James Peng is a CPA and assists clients with any accounting, taxation, and audit needs at the Des Moines office. He received his Master’s in Accountancy from University of Iowa. He is known for his outgoing personality and calm nature during the toughest situations. James is from China and speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese fluently. He is adventurous. His goal in life is to travel around the world.


Monica Parra assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Des Moines office. She especially works closely with the Spanish speaking clients. She received her degree in Accounting and Finance from Marco Fidel Suarez University (Medellin- Colombia) in 2010. She is from Colombia and is fluent in Spanish. Her smile and sweet nature is contagious and will reassure you are in good hands.

Khwan Rapeeporn Chomjungwad has been with the firm for more than 10 years. She is fluent in Thai language and received her Masters of Accounting from Drake University in 2007 and her Bachelors’ degree in Accounting and Management in 2006 from Drake University. Khwan’s elegance and calm demeanor always bring a sense of tranquility to the office even amid the most hectic storms of tax season.


Milagro Nava is the first person to greet you when you visit the Des Moines office. She makes sure everything is running smoothly with the Firm's account receivables and ensures there are no surprise with your account payables. Milagro also works closely with our lawyer to assist clients with legal and immigration needs. She is from El Salvador and speaks Spanish beautifully. Her sweet and infectious personality makes her one of the most popular person to talk to among the team.

Lance Chen assists clients with any accounting, taxation, and audit needs at the Iowa City office. He received his Master's in Accountancy with an emphasis in Data Analysis from University of Iowa and passed all of the CPA examinations. Lance possesses a caring, gentle soul and would not think twice to go above and beyond for our clients. He was born in China and grew up in Singapore; hence, the Singaporean accent and speaks Mandarin fluently. He is an avid gamer and enjoys playing badminton and squash in his spare time.


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 May of 2014. The next peer review will be in May of 2017.

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.

Our peer review was conducted by qualified reviewer, James N. Kennedy, CPA, of Kennedy & Kennedy CPA, Victorville, California. The reviewers first determined that we have an adequate quality control system, and then verified that professional standards were followed in a representative sample of our accounting and auditing engagements.

After thorough study of our policies and procedures, the reviewer(s) concluded our firm's system of quality control for the accounting and auditing practices in effect for the year ended 2013 has been suitably designed and complied with to provide reasonable assurance of performing and reporting with applicable professional standards in all material respects. Our firm is committed to periodic peer reviews to foster quality performance. If requested, the firm will provide a copy of the report on the results of the review to all interested parties, although it is not required to do so.

Bankers, bonding agents, investors, suppliers, legal advisors and others use the financial statements our firm audits, reviews, or compiles. We think those people, our clients, and our own staff deserve independent quality assurance that our firm provides quality service. We are proud of our peer review results and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

To view our most recent peer review report, please click here.


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.


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.