Stay Current on Manufacturing Industry Trends

The certified public accountants and business advisors at LSL CPAs focus on the opportunities and strategies that can help Manufacturing and Distribution owners, CFOs and controllers keep costs in line and reduce taxes. We also help you explore incentives such as IC-DISC and empowerment zones to remain competitive long-term.

Whether your company sells mainly in Orange County and the greater SoCal region or is involved in multi-state and international commerce, LSL CPAs is experienced with the tax, assurance and cost-saving measures that make sense for you. We assist a range of manufacturers and distributors, from computer, medical device and plastic molding manufacturers to machine shops, printing suppliers, oil distributors and more.

Our services range from simple tax reporting, manufacturing accounting and assurance support to more sophisticated tax planning, business advisory and strategic planning services. For example, we consult with executives on budgeting and forecasting, KPI reporting, pricing support, inventory management strategies and planning for equipment purchases or a new location. From simple improvements in policies and procedures to the complex discussions of merger and acquisition or succession, LSL CPAs guides you through every business stage.

See what our clients are saying about LSL:

"They are not just here to audit. They know the people in our facility. We work with the same auditing group. They are willing and able to investigate any issue or situation. They even work through some of the international business issues with us."
- CFO, Manufacturing Company

Wholesale/Distribution Accounting

LSL CPAs and Business Advisors has extensive experience in Wholesale/Distribution accounting for industry with clients in many verticals.

If you are a wholesale/distribution firm please contact Maria Arriola, CPA in our Santa Ana office at (714) 569-1000.

Manufacturing & Distribution Accounting Services Provided

Compliance (Tax, Accounting and Assurance Management)

Tax incentives, reporting and filing (income, sales, IC-DISC, empowerment zones)
Financial statements and reviews
401(k) audits
Internal controls
Policies and procedures
Audits and compilations and reviews
Standard costing analysis

Performance (Executive Functions and Outsourcing)

Analytical and management/CFO advisory services
Budgeting and forecasting
Operational reviews
Financial planning
Outsourced CFO/Controller services
Capital expenditure and finance planning
Inventory management (counting, costing, profit leaders and losers)
Gross profit margins and pricing support
Specialized services referrals (cost segregation, business valuation)
Production policies and procedures

Strategic (Business Planning and Strategy)

Merger & Acquisition strategies
Succession planning
Strategic planning
New location or expansion planning
Real estate strategies for tax purposes
KPI reporting development and interpretation - tax impacts
Ongoing owner/board advisory

Contact Mike Mangold, our manufacturing lead Partner, to tour your facility and provide an initial consultation. We stand behind our work just like you do.

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