Credentials of Senior Management
Richard Merrill Kahn
40 years experience in FIRPTA
(These are Mr. Kahn's business credentials, Click here for his 5h Degree Black Belt Credentials)
Richard began handling residential and commercial FIRPTA in 1984: Richard has always been the key principal expert on FIRPTA across the various real estate, mortgage lending and securitization firms he has owned and/or been a partner in.
Richard's preferred method of operation is to work personally with the clients he accepts. He puts his decades of FIRPTA experience to work for his foreign national clients worldwide on sales of US properties subject to FIRIPTA, and those service providers such as Realtors, Attorneys and Settlement Closing Agents involved in the process.
Brief History of Experience
2008 - Present: Owner and principal of Forensic Professionals Group USA, Inc. (FL).
FIRPTArefunds, a d/b/a division, specializing in FIRPTA representation (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act) for Foreign Nationals selling real estate owned in the USA. FIRPTArefunds provides various services to clients in this process
Richard is the firm's registered IRS Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA): Assisting Foreign National clients needing IRS ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers) in meeting the requirements and filing to obtain same in process of obtaining IRS and State taxing authority refunds on withholding from closings of real estate sales.
Testifying litigation expert and qualifying investigator: FPG-USA, a d/b/a division, specializes in Real Estate, Mortgage and Secularization Fraud Investigations of wrongful foreclosure by lenders against homeowners with cases represented by attorneys in Court. Mr. Kahn is the qualifying expert. He has testified in over 1,000 cases in dozens of States and Federal Courts since 2007.
1978-2010: Owner/Partner commercial real estate lender nationwide USA.
2003-2010: Owner/ Managing Partner of Whale Mortgage, Inc. (FL) Licensed residential lender.
1995-2006: Owner/ Managing Partner Mallpark, Inc. (FL) Global internet provider of virtual real estate services and associated software development to over 5,000 companies worldwide.
1980-1995: Special Adviser to the IRS, Philadelphia, PA. Assisted IRS in discovering accounting practices used by accountants and accounting firms to generate highly leveraged tax deductions. Exposed underlying processes and loopholes by which taxpayers would invest $1 but write off $3. As a result IRS recaptured hundreds of millions of dollars.
1980-1991: Tax Matters Partner (TMP) in over 60 commercial real estate transactions totaling over $1 billion dollars. Oversaw in house and third party accounting firms filing tax returns, provided them with documentation including research results of allowable permitted tax deductions to maximize lawful refunds for the partnerships.
1979-1991: Owner/ Managing Partner, Affiliated Real Estate Analysts, Inc. (AREA) (NY). Nationwide real estate development, lending, investor services (Including FIRPTA).
1973-1978: National Real Estate Product Manager at Merrill Lynch. Securities licensing by SEC, NYSE, AMEX, CBOE, NASD . Appointed by CEO Don Regan who became US Treasury Secretary in the Reagan Administration.
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.