Vorris Blankenship has a
gold mine. After retiring from a 35+-year practice as a tax lawyer and a CPA,
he found there wasn't a lot published to help retirees with tax planning. So he
combined his extensive knowledge of accounting and tax laws with his love for
writing, and began publishing articles on retiree taxation. That start was just
the first of Mr. Blankenship's nuggets.
He went on to have his
material published many times in The
Journal of Taxation and other tax law journals, and is the author
of a CLE course called Retirement Plans and
Traditional IRAs: Rollovers of Taxpayer Investment. Although he's
achieved publishing success elsewhere, he states that the publication of Tax Planning for Retirees, published by
Matthew Bender, is his most gratifying work. The publication is a tax-planning
treatise, offering explanations of many tax-saving techniques that Mr.
Blankenship has personally used.
Mr. Blankenship still very
much enjoys tax work and wants to continue doing it for many years, but he
makes sure his professional interest doesn't compromise his leisure time. He
plays Snooker on the 3,000 pound antique table he had shipped from England; he's
planning another train trip across the Canadian Rockies; and he indulges his
passion for music by listening to traditional jazz and ragtime. Oh, and about
that gold mine? Mr. Blankenship really does have one. It's on his property and,
while the mine isn't technically active, Mr. Blankenship once again
demonstrates resourcefulness by finding the ideal use for the cavern...it's his
wine cellar. Salud, Mr.
Blankenship, for showing us what well-lived retirement is!