Yelena Epova

Atlanta Office Managing Partner | International Practice Leader | Tax Partner


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Who I work with

I work with multinational companies that are looking to set up operations in the United States, and U.S. companies that are looking to set up operations abroad. I advise a wide variety of clients, from C-level executives to tax, human resources, and general directors.

My specialty

I specialize in advising domestic and international companies on international tax matters and tax strategies related to inbound and outbound operations. I also partner with other CPA firms with limited international capabilities. Here are just a few of the ways I add value to my clients:

  • Minimize risks associated with global operations.
  • Provide the support to “go global.”
  • Give strategic advice on global tax planning and strategy.
  • Advise on tax credits, incentives, and planning opportunities.
  • Engage as a featured speaker on a variety of tax-related topics.
  • Work across borders alongside colleagues from different countries.

Results Delivered

I have a knack for growing businesses. I founded Aprio’s International practice and scaled the group to more than 100 professionals. We speak 30+ languages and serve clients in more than 50 countries. Delivering results has fueled our growth into one of the largest international tax practices in the U.S.

Unique things about me

After immigrating to the U.S. from St. Petersburg, Russia, my first job was at a Cub Foods grocery store near my apartment. I worked the register (of course). I received the Golden Key Award for the highest score on the CPA exam in Georgia and the Elijah Watt Sells Award for being in the top 100 scores on the CPA exam in the nation.

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When I am not at work

I enjoy spending my time with my two adult children and walking my Cairn Terrier, Gosha. My daughter has followed in my footsteps and is now working as an accountant. I trained as a classical pianist in Russia and am a member of the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Ballet.

People say I am

Easy to work with and have a quirky sense of humor.


Cultured, fun, supportive and dedicated to my craft.



I received my Master’s in Engineering from the Technological College of Leningrad. Upon arrival to the United States, I continued my education in Accountancy at Georgia State University. I serve on the North American Board of Morison Global and on the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. My professional affiliations include Leadership Atlanta, AICPA, The Georgia Society of CPA’s and I serve as the board chair the Georgia Council for International Visitors. I was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of 15 “Women Who Mean Business” in Atlanta and have also been recognized by Atlanta Magazine as one of the 55 most influential foreign-born Atlantans. I am a founding member of the Women Tax Executive Forum, and most recently, I was recognized as one of Georgia’s C-level executives in the Georgia Titan 100 award.