Privacy Disclosure Statement
In compliance with the FTC rules, printed below is our firm’s Privacy Disclosure Statement. Be assured that our firm respects the privacy of our clients and has always considered our professional relationship with you to be one requiring the utmost trust and confidence. We place a high priority on protecting the information you provide.
We collect certain personal information about you – but only when that information is provided by you or is obtained by us with your authorization. We use that information to prepare your income tax returns and may also use it to provide various tax and financial planning services to you at your request.
Examples of sources from which we collect information include:
Interviews and phone calls with you
Letters or e-mails from you
Letters or e-mails from you
Tax return organizers
Other documents we use in preparing your tax return
Information about your transactions with us or others
As a general rule, we do not disclose personal information about our clients or former clients to anyone. However, to the extent permitted by law and any applicable state Code of Professional Conduct, certain nonpublic information about you may be disclosed in the following situations:
To comply with a validly issued and enforceable subpoena or summons
In the course of a review of our firm’s practices under the authorization of a state or national licensing board, or as necessary to properly respond to an inquiry or complaint from such a licensing board or organization
In conjunction with a prospective purchase, sale or merger of all or part of our practice, provided that we take appropriate precautions (for example, through a written confidentiality agreement) so the prospective purchaser or merger partner does not disclose information obtained in the course of the review
As a part of any actual or threatened legal proceedings or alternative dispute resolution proceedings either initiated by or against us provided we disclose only the information necessary to file, pursue, or defend against the lawsuit and take reasonable precautions to ensure that the information disclosed does not become a matter of public record
To provide information to affiliates of the firm and non-affiliated third parties who perform services or functions for us in conjunction with our services to you, but only if we have a contractual agreement with the other party which prohibits them from disclosing or using the information other than for the purposes for which it was disclosed (An example of such a disclosure would include engaging a records-retention agency to store prior year records.)
Confidentiality and Security of Nonpublic Personal Information
Except as otherwise described in this notice we restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to employees of our firm and other parties who must use that information to provide services to you. Their right to further disclose and use the information is limited by the policies of our firm, applicable law, our Code of Professional Conduct, and nondisclosure agreements where appropriate. We also maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in compliance with applicable laws and regulations to guard your personal information from unauthorized access.
In the interest of facilitating our services to you, we may communicate by e-mail. Such communications may include information that is confidential to you or your company. While we will use our best efforts to keep such communications secure in accordance with our obligations under applicable laws and professional standards, you recognize and accept that we have no control over the unauthorized interception of these communications once they have been sent and consent to our use of these electronic devices during our engagements.
If you have any concerns about the disclosure of your personal information to third parties, or wish to stop any disclosure that has been noted above, please contact us.