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.


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:

Bo Dong is a member of the tax and business consultation team in the Des Moines office. He received both Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Resources and Master of Accountancy from Drake University. Bo is from China and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Dan Yul Kim is the Branch Manager of the Bloomington office and 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.


Don Nguyen is the Firm's legal counsel. He is a member of the Iowa Bar and Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Don has obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Southern California Institute of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and speaks Vietnamese.

Monica Parra is a member of the tax and business consultation team in the Des Moines office. She received her degree in Accounting and Finance from Marco Fidel Suarez University (Medellin- Colombia). Monica is from Colombia and speaks Spanish.


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

Hang Vu is a member of the tax and accounting team in the Des Moines office. She received her degrees in Accounting and Business Management from Simpson College. Hang is from Vietnam and is fluent in Vietnamese.


Tiffany Wang is a member of the tax and accounting team in 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).

Maribel Medina is a member of the tax and business consultation team in the Des Moines office. She received her degree in Accounting from Guadalajara University (Guadalajara, Mexico). Maribel is from Mexico and speaks Spanish.


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 Branch Manager of the Coralville office. She is also the team leader for the tax and payroll team. Jolene received her Master of Accountancy from Western Illinois University. She is from China and speaks Mandarin Chinese.


Moni Figueroa is a member of the accounting and payroll team in the Des Moines office. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from AIB College of Business and speaks Spanish.

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


Fabiola Rivera-Blanco is a member of the accounting and tax team in the Coralville office. She received her degree in Accounting from Iowa State University. Fabiola is from Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish.

Erica Lee assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Des Moines office. She is from Korea and fluent in Korean. She works with clients from diverse backgrounds. Erica received her degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. When it comes to her job, she prioritizes her responsibility as being about the clients' need. She is also a keen and meticulous person who enjoys trying exotic foods.


Gary Lin is a member of the accounting and audit team in the Des Moines office. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Iowa and Master of Professional Accountancy degree from the University of Wisconsin. Gary is from Taiwan and speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Cantonese.

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.


Jennifer Xie is a member of the accounting and payroll team in the Coralville office. She received her Bachelor and Master’s in Accounting from Troy University. Jennifer is from China and speaks Chinese (both Mandarin and Fuzhounese).

Angelica Pinedo is a member of the accounting and payroll team in the Des Moines office. She received her degrees in Accounting from Ricardo Palma University and Cimas Institute in Peru. Angelica is from Peru and speaks Spanish.


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.


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 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 respective years 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.