Award recognizes significant contributions in tax and financial planning


Vern Hoven and Sharon Kreider received the 2014 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education.

The award, created in 2010 in honor of Kess, a nationally renowned tax expert, recognizes CPAs who have made significant and outstanding contributions in tax and financial planning and whose public service exemplifies the CPA profession’s values and ethics. Nominations for the Kess Award are solicited by the Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual Conference Steering Committee, which also determines the award recipients.

Hoven is head of Vern Hoven Tax Seminars near Seattle. He combines his experience as a practicing CPA and a licensed real estate broker into his speaking engagements, has served on many national boards, and has written numerous books and articles on taxation.

Kreider is owner of Kreider CPA in Sunnyvale, Calif., and is an enrolled agent who worked for the IRS before establishing her own firm. She has taught continuing education classes for more than 30 years, and she creates materials each year for federal tax update classes to help demystify new tax legislation, current IRS rulings, and recent court decisions.

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