Credentials of Senior Management

Richard Merrill Kahn

Managing Director/ Business Development

Senior Case Manager, FIRPTA Expert

Managing Partner of Real Estate, Secularization (Multi-Investor Real Estate) Mortgage Finance,  and FIRPTA service firms since 1979. Testifying expert in over 1,000 cases since 2007. 

  • 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.

  • Managing Partner, Affiliated Real Estate Analysts, Inc. (NY). Nationwide real estate development, lending, investor services (Including FIRPTA) (1979-1991).

  • Managing Partner commercial real estate lender nationwide USA (1978-2010). 

  • Special Adviser to the IRS (1980-1995). 

  • 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)

  • Managing Partner of Whale Mortgage, Inc. (FL) Licensed residential lender (2003-2010).

  • Managing Partner, Forensic Professionals Group USA, Inc. (FL) (2008-Present). 

    • 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. ​

    • d/b/a FIRPTArefunds. Experts in FIRPTA Withholding Tax Refund & ITIN  Services, 

      • IRS Certified Acceptance Agent.



Luis Bulas-Felix

FIRPTArefunds TaxPro, FIRPTA Tax Expert

Senior Case Manager Tax Division

  • 40+ years USA and International tax specialist.

  • 35+ years FIRPTA  tax experience.

  • Former IRS Enrolled Agent, IRS Appellate Auditor, Revenue Agent and Tax Auditor. GS-14 (on scale 1-15).


  • Licensed by the US Treasury - Internal Revenue Service

  • Public Accountant since 1977

  • Dual Masters from FIU and Doctorate in Accounting

  • Handling FIRPTA since its empowerment in 1984 by the Deficit Reduction Act.

  • Certified IRS - A.F.S.P. Tax Preparer (PTIN, EFIN)

  • IRS Certified Acceptance Agent.

  • Luis is FIRPTArefunds preeminent TaxPro .

  • Richard Kahn and Luis Bulas-Felix have been working together since 1997




FIRPTArefunds has 3 IRS Certified Acceptance Agents on staff. We are IRS certified to authenticate the passport and birth certificates to the IRS in the ITIN application process. 


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. 


The fact that a company in our business would identify a Foreign National's name and location is not feasible in reality. We go out of our way to protect and keep private our Foreign Nationals (Non-USA) clients. Most would not appreciate our advertising their full names and Nations so that their Country could learn they have foreign investments in the USA. In the real world, Foreign Nationals want us to keep their USA holdings and finances VERY private. Our Privacy Policy underscores this concern.

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.


FIRPTArefunds Sponsored Race Car

FIRPTArefunds sponsors the race car you see at the right. Here it is being driven by FIRPTArefunds Account Executive and primary driver Craig Kahn. Here we are leading the pack at Homestead Miami Speedway. 


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

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