Elaine Papadopoulos, CPA
Elaine Papadopoulos, a partner in the firm’s Employee Benefit Plans and Franchise Practices, brings more than 15 years of experience in performing and managing audits, reviews, and compilations. In addition, Elaine also works with businesses in the construction, staffing, manufacturing, distribution, and restaurant industries.
Elaine has extensive experience auditing single-employer and multiple-employer defined contribution 401(k) plans and on their unique regulatory and reporting requirements. Elaine guides employee benefit plans to help ensure they are operating in accordance with their plan documents. She has also assisted employee benefit plans with their Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor audits.
Elaine additionally has a specialized focus in the franchising industry. She provides counsel in areas such as assessing the risks and benefits of becoming a franchisor, evaluating the franchise and royalty structure, analyzing tax structures, and establishing advertising funds.
Elaine has deep expertise in examining the various operations of the franchise system, including accounting, franchisee reporting, internal accountability, and compliance, to help her clients improve efficiency and profitability. She also develops and implements systems to monitor franchisee compliance and track leads.
Presentations and Publications
Elaine frequently speaks and writes on various franchising topics. Her recent engagements include presentations for local women’s groups and the International Franchise Association (IFA).
Elaine is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the IFA. She serves as a Co-chair of the Women’s Franchise Chapter of New York/New Jersey.
Education & Licenses
Elaine earned her B.A. in Accounting from Queens College of the City University of New York. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. She is also a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), a designation given by the IFA.