Martin Shenkman Honored with 2012 Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education

May 03, 2012 /

The American Institute of CPAs has honored Martin Shenkman, principal at Martin Shenkman P.C., with the 2012 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education at its Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual in Las Vegas.

The award was presented by Marty Finn, the vice chair of the conference.

The award, created in 2010 in honor of Kess, a nationally renowned tax expert, recognizes individual 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.

“Through his work with RV for the Cause, Marty is a pioneer who has volunteered countless hours traveling the country with his wife to educate CPAs about the importance of estate planning for people with chronic illness,” said Kess, who is serving as chair of the 2012 AICPA Conference on Tax Strategies for the High Income Individual.

“A practitioner’s practitioner, he has shown the uncanny ability to help others in the profession understand and apply complex topics. He exemplifies everything that I have strived for in my career.”

Shenkman, a CPA for 22 years who holds the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) credential as well as a J.D., worked for a number of accounting and law firms before starting his own practice in 1988. He has previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for Seton Hall and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

He frequently lectures on legal and personal financial planning topics, in particular estate planning, and has published dozens of books on the topic.

Kess noted that he was particularly impressed with Shenkman’s 2010 work Estate Planning After the Tax Relief and Job Creation Act.

“No sooner had the law passed, Marty came out with a phenomenal book published by the AICPA providing guidance on the tremendous opportunities in this area and he is still pointing out what to do before the bell tolls on 2012,” said Kess.

Shenkman has authored hundreds of articles on personal financial planning, tax law, charitable giving and publishes Practical Planner, a bi-monthly newsletter. A frequent source for journalists, Shenkman has been quoted as an expert in over 500 print articles to date and has made many appearances in broadcast media.

Shenkman was named by CPA Magazine as one of their Top 50 IRS Tax Practitioners and was included as one of Worth Magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys in 2008.

“Brilliant and modest, Marty is an outstanding family man as well as an exemplary professional,” Kess added. “I am honored to be in the same class with Marty and Joseph Walloch, last year’s recipient of the award.”

Shenkman received his BS from Wharton School, with a concentration in accounting and economics. He received an MBA from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in tax and finance. He received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Only one individual may receive the Award in any given year, and the individual must be a CPA. Nominations are solicited by the Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual Conference Steering Committee and accepted from May 31 – January 31. The Committee determines the recipient of the Award.


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