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Accounting Services In Sacramento, "The Fastest Growing" City In California.

In 2017, David Caraccio dubbed Sacramento the “fastest-growing city in California, which is unsurprising since Sacramento is the capital city of California. The city of Sacramento, CA, is a hub of activity, particularly within the financial and educational sectors, and boasts a population of over 500,000, which makes it the sixth-largest city in the state of California.

You’re likely already familiar with Sacramento State (formally known as California State University, Sacramento), the city’s most popular graduate school for college students looking to accelerate their career and get a job with a great employer. Of course, there are other higher education schools and universities, including National University Sacramento, a regional Sacramento campus of the University of San Francisco, and a Sacramento campus of the University of the Pacific.

For those that aren’t visiting Sacramento because of a job alert or college degree program, there are plenty of local attractions and sights for visitors, tourists, and local residents to see while in Sacramento, California. For history buffs, the California State Railroad Museum showcases the California railways in the state’s history.

MBS Accountancy proudly offers its professional accounting services to Sacramento businesses and organizations. While there are numerous local accounting firms in Sacramento, we’re able to offer virtual bookkeeping services, professional business tax services, and advisory accounting services from our Fresno location to any company in the United States.

As an outsourced accounting firm, we’ve invested a significant amount of resources and hours into our accounting firm’s processes and staffing so our team has the ability to serve business clients in any location throughout the United States. Since 2011, we’ve been serving clients by helping them with everything from financial reporting to managing payroll and much more.

Professional Accounting In Sacramento, CA

In 2021, MBS Accountancy was voted by Forbes as one of the best accounting firms in the United States, a significant achievement for our Fresno-based outsourced accounting firm. For every company and family-owned business we work with, we provide business consultation, payroll services, full-service accounting, outsourced bookkeeping, and other value-added services


While many small business owners start out doing their bookkeeping, this quickly changes as their company grows, and it's clear they don't have enough time to do it well anymore. Our bookkeepers manage and reconcile your financial records, so your financial statements are always accurate.


When you hire an accountant, it's because you want more than numbers: you want insights. Often, business consulting and good accounting are treated as two distinct sets of skills. At MBS Accountancy, we translate financial statements into practical insights that align with your goals and key performance indicators for financial reporting.

Tax Services

We stay on top of the latest tax laws and help you understand how each update affects your tax planning. Our tax accountants will work with you to do tax preparation during each tax season, compiling all the information needed for accurate tax returns.

CFO Services

When it’s time to make a business move, our virtual (part-time) CFO services make sure it makes financial sense and doesn’t compromise your financial health or future profitability. When you need a CFO in a part-time capacity, our fractional CFO services are ideal for you.

QuickBooks Services

Moving from spreadsheets or a legacy accounting system can be difficult. Our QuickBooks services help you move from legacy software or spreadsheets to QuickBooks, a cloud accounting software program that stores your financial reports & accounting data in the cloud so you can see it from any device.

Real Clients, Real Stories From Companies Near Sacramento, CA

We’ve partnered with hundreds of businesses in California to help streamline and improve their accounting processes. As our online reviews will attest, our accounting firm has helped them improve their financial health and maintain compliance. Here’s what some of our amazing clients have said about us:

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Top Questions About Our Sacramento Accounting Services

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about our Sacramento accounting scope or service engagement details. For your convenience, we’ve provided answers to many common questions here. If you have a question about anything that’s not covered below, contact our office, and we’ll be more than happy to discuss it with you.

Should I delegate accounting duties in-house or outsource them?

Hiring in-house accountants require ongoing management and come with costs like benefits, training, and payroll. Typically, companies see a greater return on investment (ROI) from outsourcing because they eliminate these numerous employment costs and requirements for additional resources.

What is a full-service accounting firm?

A full-service accounting firm like MBS Accountancy provides you with a comprehensive, integrated view of your company’s financial health & financial performance. Rather than piecing together information from various vendors and partners, full-service accounting provides a holistic lens through which you can assess your company’s performance.

Should I hire an accountant or an accounting firm?

An in-house accountant can provide you with specialized services in specific areas, like payroll processing, accounts payable/accounts receivable, or taxes.

On the other hand, accounting firms can offer a wide range of services at a specialist level and manage complex financial tasks on their own, reporting directly to your executive team.

What’s the difference between a CPA firm vs. an accounting firm?

All CPA firms are accounting firms, but not all accounting firms are CPA firms.

CPAs are accountants who have passed stringent tests and met the licensing requirements, including undergoing continuing education each year to maintain their license.

Additionally, CPAs are legally considered to be fiduciaries, with the legal duty to act in the best interests of their clients. CPAs can also represent their clients before the IRS if necessary, while non-CPA accountants are not. CPAs are also required to follow a strict code of ethics and meet high professional standards.

What are the different types of accountants?

It's common for business owners to think that accountants just offer tax services, like tax filing assistance, tax preparation, and tax strategy planning. In reality, though, there are different types of accountants that provide a wide range of services beyond tax services.

Here are 10 accountant positions that you may come across in your search for the perfect business accountant:

  1. Certified Public Accountant
  2. Chartered Accountant
  3. Forensic Accountant
  4. Auditor
  5. Management Accountant
  6. Cost Accountant
  7. Government accountant
  8. Project Accountant
  9. Investment Accountant
  10. Staff Accountant

How to choose an accountant?

Will you hire an in-house accountant or an outsourced accountant? Do you need one-time tax help or a comprehensive accounting success strategy? These are just some of the questions you'll ask as you look for the perfect accountant for your business. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you search for the right person:

  • What services do I really need from my accountant?
  • What level of service and attention do I expect from my accountant?
  • Can I do this on my own?
  • Can I do this on my own?

Click here to learn more about choosing the right accountant for your business.

What are the different branches of accounting?

There are several different types of accounting that you'll come across online, like if you're responding to an accounting job alert, for example.

Here are the different branches of accounting that you may come across:

  • Financial accounting: recording and categorizing transactions
  • Cost accounting: allocating resources and managing costs
  • Auditing accounting: review of financial statements to ensure compliance
  • Managerial accounting: translates accounting data into insights and relays it to the business management team
  • Accounting information systems: concerned with the setup, application, and maintenance of the systems and processes used to accomplish accounting functions
  • Tax accounting: planning tax strategy and preparing tax returns and documents for tax season
  • Forensic accounting: analysis of accounting data for legal cases, disputes, claims resolutions, and fraud
  • Fiduciary accounting: accounting within the context of property management, including estate accounting, trust accounting, and receivership during bankruptcy

Should I use accounting software or an accountant?

This is a common question among small business owners who are evaluating and comparing the cost of hiring an accountant versus purchasing accounting software.

Here are some reasons why you'd use accounting software:

  • Budgeting
  • Repetitive accounting tasks
  • Basic financial reports, usually via a dashboard
  • Annual, once-a-year tax filing assistance

In contrast, here are some reasons why you would choose to hire an accountant:

  • Financial planning that's tailored to your business goals and needs
  • Ongoing tax strategy to reduce long-term tax liability
  • Expert guidance and advice

How is MBS Accountancy different from other accounting firms in Sacramento, CA?

MBS Accountancy prides itself on being a holistic accounting firm, which means we aren't just concerned with one-time tax success or quick-fix accounting. Instead, we take a holistic approach to accounting, offering a wide range of interconnected services within our comprehensive accounting so you have peace of mind and long-term growth.

Which accounting software should I use?

If you've decided that an accounting software product will serve you best at your current stage, you may be having trouble narrowing down your search for the right accounting tools.

Here are some tips to make sure you pick the right accounting software:

  • Make sure it's easy-to-use for you.
  • It offers the features you need and want
  • It integrates with your other software and accounts

In addition, make sure the accounting software you pick also handles your data securely. Data security is one of many reasons why our outsourced accounting firm uses QuickBooks. It offers bank-level encryption and two-factor authentication for all client information so we, and our clients, have peace of mind.

What are some of the top accounting firms in Sacramento, CA?

If your business is located in Sacramento, California, you're likely wondering which firms are the best within your area. Here are some firms that Clutch listed as the top accounting firms in Sacramento:

  • RTA Group, LLC
  • Gallina LLP
  • Schwartz, Platz & Associates, CPA
  • Vasquez & Company LLP
  • Malkasian Accountancy

While most business owners like the face-to-face relationship of a local accounting firm, hiring an outsourced accounting firm like MBS Accountancy also provides you with certified accounting expertise and an ongoing partnership with your accountant.

What are some of the largest accounting firms in Sacramento, CA?

According to American Registry, here are the top accounting firms located in Sacramento or near Sacramento, CA:

  • Brown, Fink, Boyce, and Astle, LLP (Sacramento, CA)
  • Campbell, Benn & Taylor (Roseville, CA)
  • Carbahal & Company (Davis, CA)
  • Crowe Horwath LLP (Sacramento, CA, Multiple locations)
  • Ernst & Young (Sacramento, CA, Multiple locations)
  • Gallina LLP ((Sacramento, CA)
  • Grosse Pointe Farms (Sacramento, CA, Multiple locations)
  • John Waddell & Co. CPAs (Sacramento, CA, Multiple locations)
  • Kee Mapes and Associates (Roseville, CA)
  • KPMG LLP (Sacramento, CA, Multiple locations)
  • Landucci, Bick, Matter & Johnston (Sacramento, CA)
  • Macias, Gini & Co. LLP (Sacramento, CA)
  • Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs (Sacramento, CA)
  • Moss Adams LLP (Sacramento, CA)
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) (Sacramento, CA)
  • Propp Christensen Caniglia LLP (Roseville, CA)
  • Ueitzen & Co LLP (Sacramento, CA)
  • Yoder & Co. CPA (Sacramento, CA)

While local accounting firms are great, an outsourced accounting like MBS Accountancy provides the same personalized accounting in addition to services that may not be available in your local area.

What are some signs of a bad accountant?

This is a common question that business owners have as they search for an accountant to help them with their company's finances. While many people spend hours in their search for good reviews, there are other ways to determine whether someone is a good accountant:

  • They suggest dishonest ways to save money or falsify data.
  • They're dodging your questions or giving incomplete answers.
  • They promise BIG results before they've even seen your statements.

Click here to learn more of the signs of a dishonest accountant

Which accounting method should I use, cash basis or accrual basis?

Successful accounting requires you to make some decisions that seem confusing or difficult. For example, business owners often search answers on which accounting method is right for their company's bookkeeping.

There are two accounting methods that you'll come across in your online search, cash basis and accrual basis.

In cash basis accounting, you track payments and expenses at the moment cash is received or paid. In accrual basis accounting, you record bills when they're received and invoices when they're sent, regardless of when payment is made.

The IRS mandates that businesses with over $25 million in revenue use accrual basis accounting. Also, companies that hold stock that is sold directly to customers often use accrual accounting as well.

Click here to learn more about the benefits and differences between cash basis vs. accrual basis accounting.

Do you offer professional tax planning to Sacramento businesses?

MBS Accountancy offers accounting to Sacramento businesses and organizations, including professional tax planning. Although we're located in Fresno, California, we've invested significantly in our firm's infrastructure so we can work remotely in a way that's secure but efficient. This setup so we are capable of expertly serving our clients throughout the United States - just the same as our Fresno accounting clients.

Can you help me solve "X" problem with my accounting?

Prospective accounting clients often ask us if we can help them solve a specific accounting problem. Our answer is usually a big "YES!" because of our extensive experience serving a wide range of clients in various industries including:

Our diverse experience means we're able to take a broad, big-picture view of accounting and draw on the lessons we've learned from each client to serve all of our accounting clients better. Because we serve so many industries, we're able to help our clients with payroll accounting, payroll management, optimize accounts payable management, financial reporting, company performance analysis, and much more through a remote setup. Our driving goal is for our partnership with you to drive value for your company, whether you're an employer with 100 employees or a staff of 30 people.

How can I make sure my accountant really understands my business?

It's one thing to hire a good accountant. It's another thing to hire a good accountant who understands your business and specific needs. After all, you don't just want to hire an accountant who thinks their job is to be a human calculator that never speaks to you.

Rather, a good accountant values the client relationship and works to provide value whenever possible, whether it's in financial reporting, helping you with resource allocation, offering a suggestion on business insurance, or helping you navigate a tricky financial situation in your personal life that also involves your business.

Good accountants don't see their job as limiting but fulfilling. They go beyond the bare minimum to create and drive revenue up and costs down. Whether they're in a remote position or a local accounting firm, they're committed to helping each of their clients grow into a profitable company.