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Credentials of Senior Management

Credentials of Senior Management

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We are 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.

Richard Merrill Kahn

Managing Member/ 35+ years experience FIRPTA Expert


  • FIRPTA Refunds. FIRPTA expert (35+ years experience in FIRPTA), IRS Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA) RS AFSP TaxPro originating ITINs for Foreign Nationals worldwide, utilizing FIRPTA CPA to assist Foreign National clients world wide that are selling real estate in the USA. Works with closing agents, realtors, attorneys and qualified intermediaries. Custom attention. Excellent accessibility.


  • Principal, Forensic Professionals Group USA, Inc. (FL) (2008-present). Retired.

    • FIRPTArefunds FIRPTA expert. Also FPG-USA  Testifying Expert. Mr. Kahn has testified in over 1,000 cases in both State and Federal Court across the USA. 

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

  • 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). Resident FIRPTA expert.

  • Managing Partner, Affiliated Real Estate Analysts, Inc. (NY). Nationwide real estate development, lending, investor services (Including FIRPTA) (1979-1991). Resident FIRPTA expert from 1984-1991.

  • 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.


Foreign Nationals, citizens of non-USA countries, traditionally like to keep their ownership interests in the USA to themselves. We have a strict privacy policy. 

We feel anyone posting less than full contact information with a testimonial to that the maker cannot be contacted or verified, is a joke. Anyone can say anything they want in an ambiguous identity testimonial.

The true test of a company whose principal has been the go-to FIRPTA guru for decades, is the fact we don't advertise and the whole premise of the business has been and continues to be referral based.

FIRPTArefunds Race Car

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. 

Richard Kahn black belt credentials
2013 Richard Kahn inducted into the Action Martil Arts Hall of Honors

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

Richard Kahn is listed on the family tree of black belts
Richard Kahn honored for lifetime acheivment at 2017 Gathering of Eagles Kenpo Hall of Fame
1992 Richard Kahn awared black belt certificate #6
Richard Kahn masters black belt and certificate
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