Sidney Kess has received the AICPA’s 2015 Personal Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award for his volunteer efforts, which have made significant contributions to the growth and advancement of the personal financial planning profession, the AICPA announced.
Kess has authored and co-authored hundreds of publications, courses, videos and practice aids on income tax and financial and estate planning for the AICPA.
“Sid Kess has dedicated decades of service to the CPA profession, going above and beyond to raise the bar for CPAs who provide personal financial planning services,” says Susan Tillery, chair of AICPA’s Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) Credential Committee. “His volunteer history for the AICPA began when he created the Tax Strategies for High Income Individuals Conference 30 years ago. In the last decade he has put a tremendous amount of effort into forwarding the CPA financial planning profession. He uses every podium opportunity to highlight the value of financial planning, including the PFP section and the PFS credential.”
Kess is recognized as one of the nation’s best-known continuing professional education lecturers. He has lectured to more than one million practitioners on tax, financial, and estate planning. In 2010, the AICPA established the Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education to recognize individual CPAs who have made significant and outstanding contributions in tax and financial planning and whose public service exemplifies the CPA profession’s finest values and ethics.