Kess Award honors excellence in tax and financial planning continuing education


Julie A. Welch, a partner and shareholder with Meara Welch Browne PC in Leawood, Kan., and the director of the firm’s tax department, received the 2015 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. The winner is determined by the Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual Conference Steering Committee.

An active AICPA member for more than 30 years, Welch has served in multiple charitable, civic, and business organizations at the state and local level throughout her career. She is the co-author of 101 Tax Saving Ideas, author of numerous articles, and a speaker on tax planning topics.

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