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The Sid Kess Approach: Sixty Years of Best Practices in Tax, Education, Careers and Life

Author: As told to Jim Carberry
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The AICPA created this book to celebrate Sid Kess’ many contributions to the CPA profession and, more importantly, to capture Sid’s unique approach. The book explores the question of how one man has done so much and impacted so many people. The answers to this question provide distinct methods that all CPAs can apply to their practices and to their lives.

Based on interviews with Sid, this book delves into Sid’s 5 core approaches and details how to pursue them:

  • Truly put people first
  • Build and maintain core knowledge and expertise
  • Be imaginative and act on your ideas
  • Maximize your potential
  • Find and connect with people

Over 70 contributions from Sid’s colleagues, students and friends describe Sid’s use of these approaches to further careers, foster client relationships, teach successfully, and create happiness.

No matter where you are in your career, The Sid Kess Approach will inspire you to be a better practitioner and more generous person.


Sidney Kess, CPA, J.D., LL.M., is a nationally renowned tax expert and author/coauthor of hundreds of tax books on financial and estate planning. Sid is one of the nation’s best known lecturers in continuing professional education, having taught tax, financial, and estate planning to more than 700,000 practitioners. He received the AICPA’s 2011 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service.

Sid was the national director of taxes at KMG Main Hurdman and a tax partner at KPMG Peat Marwick. He received his J.D. from Harvard University School of Law and LL.M. from New York University Graduate School of Law.


James Carberry is the principal of Carberry Communications, a business writing and editing service based in Portland, Oregon. He has been a corporate writer and editor, a business writer based in Singapore, and, for ten years, a staff reporter of the Wall Street Journal. Before joining the Journal, he was a reporter for newspapers in Berkeley and Riverside, California. Carberry is the co-author of The Inside Track to Careers in Accounting. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Paperback , 2012
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