Nicolaus A. VanCleave CPA, EA

Nicolaus A. VanCleave


Senior Associate

Tax Advisory Group

At a glance

A member of Dopkins Tax Advisory Group, Nicolaus has experience in the preparation of individual tax returns, supporting corporate tax returns and also calculation and preparation of NYS sales tax returns.  He is also a member of Dopkins Research & Development tax credit team.  He began his career with Dopkins & Company, LLP in 2020 following graduation.


  • Master of Science in Finance, Niagara University
  • Master of Business Administration in Accounting, Niagara University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Niagara University

Prior Experience

While attending college, Nicolaus worked for several years at a local firm based in Niagara Falls, NY. As an Enrolled Agent, he served clients with representation before the IRS for tax issues including audits, collections and appeals. He also gained a significant amount of tax experience with respect to maintaining and performing bookkeeping services, including software implementation, financial statement preparation, and input of monthly and quarterly bank activities and reconciliations. He also prepared individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporate and exempt organization income tax returns and sales tax returns.


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • QuickBooks Certified User
  • Enrolled Agent (EA)
    An enrolled agent has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service in matters relating to collections, audits or tax appeals. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years.

Community Service

  • Treasurer, Home Assistance Referral Team, Inc. HART is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable members of our community to maintain quality of life in their own home by linking them with qualified and affordable help.
  • Volunteer Tax Preparer, Niagara University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).  Nicolaus completed the IRS training course and prepared income tax returns for low income and elderly taxpayers.

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