Malcolm Ellerbe, CPA

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Meet Malcolm

Malcolm has more than 20 years of experience in multistate sales/use taxes. Malcolm's primary focus is assisting high-growth Software as a Service (SaaS) and other cloud service providers in identifying, quantifying and resolving potential sales/use tax liabilities prior to an S-1 filing or other liquidity event. Malcolm's technology client base, although concentrated in Silicon Valley, extends to technology centers nationwide. 

Malcolm is a frequent speaker and course instructor in the area of sales/use taxation of cloud-based services. Malcolm is a California CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Professional History


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


  • Louisiana State University


  • Armanino LLP
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP


Q. What is it about accounting and consulting that first drew your interest?
I was always very organized. Seemed like a good fit.
Q. What can we learn from the past in our profession?
Embrace change.
Q. Without naming names, tell us about your favorite client and why you enjoyed working with them.
I enjoy working with evolving technology companies.
Q. Describe your work style.
Attention to detail.
Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life
My family, each in their own way.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Work as a team and strive to communicate effectively.
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Industries Served
Malcolm's Thought Leadership
SaaS Firm Prepares for M&A and Reduces Sales/Use Tax Liability by $1.5M
Case Study
Filing VDAs helps SaaS company achieve tax compliance and become due diligence ready.

March 30, 2021
Maryland Enacts Digital Advertising Tax
The first-of-its-kind law is vague on definitions, where revenue is sourced and when it is taxable.

March 05, 2021
Regulatory and Industry News Alerts from Armanino
Review your nexus to determine how pending regulations will affect your tax liability.

February 24, 2021