AICPA Honors N.J. CPA Educator

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Martin Shenkman, CPA, PFS, JD, and principal at Paramus, N.J.-based Martin Shenkman PC, received the 2012 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education from the American Institute of CPAs this week.

The award, which was presented at the institute's Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual in Las Vegas, recognizes CPAs who have made significant 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 served as chair of the conference. "A practitioner's practitioner, he has shown the uncanny ability to help others in the profession understand and apply complex topics. He exemplifies every

thing that I have strived for in my career."

Shenkman started his own practice in 1988, after working at a number of accounting and law firms, and serving as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall and Columbia University. A frequent lecturer who has authored hundreds of articles on personal financial planning, tax law, and charitable giving, he also publishes Practical Planner, a bimonthly newsletter.

Shenkman holds a BS with a concentration in Accounting and Economics from the Wharton School, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

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