Sidney Kess, Esq., CPA, of counsel to Kostelanetz & Fink LLP, received the Institute's 2015 Personal Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award, which is granted annually to a member whose volunteer efforts have made significant contributions to the growth and advancement of the personal financial planning profession.
Kess has authored hundreds of publications, courses, videos, and practice aids on income tax and financial and estate planning for the Institute. He has also received the Gold Medal Award, the highest award granted to a CPA by the AICPA, for his contributions to the profession, and the Special Recognition and Distinguished Lecturer awards.
Kess is one of the nation's best-known continuing professional education lecturers 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.