US TREASURY/IRS CERTIFIED ACCEPTANCE AGENTS
FIRPTArefunds provides an IRS Certified Acceptance Agents on staff to assist Foreign Nationals in applying for an IRS in the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
This means our clients do not have to send original Passports or Birth Certificates to us or the IRS, which can be held for 3 months. Our clients keep the originals in their possession.
This speeds the FIRPTArefund process and eliminates the risk of losing these valuable documents in the mail or in transit. Most importantly clients can travel with their passports if they wish to do so because they retain the originals during the process.
FIRPTArefunds does not post testimonials, we are a Reference based company. In other words, happy clients refer others. Referrers tell stories of success which prompts us to be contacted.
We don't rely on simply shopping around, let's say, people surfing the Internet. These folks are at the mercy of often unsubstantiated "testimonials" that cannot be verified, by people who inflate their credentials and experience. Any web master can say anything then place a First name, Last Initial. General location. Since there is no way to verify this type of testimonial's source, it is generally considered unreliable and self serving marketing creativity.
Some people confuse Testimonials with Client Referrals. They are far from the same. A Client Referral is someone who has had intimate experience with the firm and with permission my be a person willing to be contacted to give their opinion and experience. FIRPTArefunds has many client references.
Our principal Richard Kahn's Black Belt Credentials
Richard Kahn began his competitive marital arts career between the ages of 32 and 39. He competed in over 220 amateur rounds in recorded open style judged ring competition. For the 1st 2 years he did full contact. For the next 5 years he did national and international ranked sport karate. He's won over 70 trophies, awards, plaques and medals and enjoyed top national and international ranking.
He continues to practice and receives ongoing awards recognition for his contributions to the martial arts.
Here at left you see him in 2015 in front of the table containing a dozen elite fighters being awarded the coveted Master's Black Belt (Black with red stripe). This was the day he retired his worn black belt you see here.
Richard was inducted into the 2013 Martial Arts Hall of Honors. In 2017 Richard received a coveted award plaque honor at the Kenpo Gathering of Eagles Kenpo Hall of Fame including being honored with his name being placed on the international Kenpo Family Tree of Black Belts dating back to the 1950s in US martial arts black belt lineage. His chief instruction is Marine Sargeant Sifu Jack "ManChild" Shamburger, currently one of about 32 in the world ranked 10th Dan Grand Masters in the style. Find out more at CHKA.org.
Credentials of Senior Management
Richard Merrill Kahn
Managing Member/ 35+ years experience FIRPTA Expert
Richard has been in charge of FIRPTA services since Congress created FIRPTA in 1980. FIRPTA had no teeth until 1984 as a result of the Deficit Reduction Act that forced mandatory enforcement. Richard's ex boss and U.S. Treasury Secretary as of 1981, Donald Regan spearheaded mandatory FIRPTA reporting and withholding.
In April 2021 the firm Richard acted as FIRPTA and testifying expert in Forensic investigations, securitization, mortgage finance and lending fraud conducted wrongfully against borrowers who became victims of the mortgage crisis of 2007/2008 went out of business. Richard established FIRPTA Refunds, LLC in Florida to continue his role of handling foreign national sellers of real property anywhere in the USA for over 35 years for companies he was involved with. and served as the resident expert in FIRPTA Withholding Tax Refund & ITIN Services. Richard is the official IRS Certified Acceptance Agent
Accountants, most attorneys and closing agents are generally are UNfamiliar with the intricacies of FIRPTA. They often make errors that become costly and time consuming for Foreign National Sellers seeking reduced withholding, timely confirmation of their money with the tax agencies, efficient tax filings seeking maximum allowable refunds, the obtaining of ITINs in expeditious manner and working out difficult case resolutions or IRS oversight methods. Your tax returns can be filed by an experienced CPA.
Between 2008-2021 Richard managed all units including the FIRPTA unit of Forensic Professionals Group USA, Inc. It was a diversified company handling forensic investigations and reporting as well as expert witness work in Real Estate, Secularization (Multi-Investor Real Estate) and Mortgage Finance. Richard worked as a testifying expert in over 1,000 cases here since 2007. The firm voluntarily closed all operations in April 2021.
Richard's sport of choice has been Martial Arts for over 35 years. He was a national competitor for over 7 years. He is currently a 5th Dan Chinese Kenpo CHKA black belt. Among his many honors is being featured in Volume 12 of The World's Greatest Martial Artists (available in book stores and on Amazon). Richard has many accolades and still practices. Richard Kahn's Black Belt Credentials.
LICENSED CAREER PROFESSIOAL 45 years.
Managing Partner, Forensic Professionals Group USA, Inc. (FL) (2008-2021).
d/b/a FPG-USA. Real Estate, Mortgage and Secularization Fraud Investigations. Mr. Kahn has testified in over 1,000 cases in dozens of States and Federal Courts.
Managing Partner of Whale Mortgage, Inc. (FL) Licensed residential lender (2003-2010).
Managing Partner Mallpark, Inc. (FL) Global internet provider of virtual real estate services and associated software development to over 5,000 companies worldwide. (1995-2006)
Special Adviser to the IRS (1980-1995).
Managing Partner commercial real estate lender nationwide USA (1978-2010).
Managing Partner, Affiliated Real Estate Analysts, Inc. (NY). Nationwide real estate development, lending, investor services (Including FIRPTA) (1979-1991).
National Real Estate Product Manager at Merrill Lynch (1973-1978). Securities licensing by SEC, NYSE, AMEX, CBOE, NASD . Appointed by CEO Don Regan who became US Treasury Secretary in the Reagan Administration.