NOTICE OF THE PRIVACY POLICIES OF
CPA firms providing financial services, such as estate and tax planning, to individuals are now required by federal law to inform their clients of their policies regarding privacy of client information. We have always safeguarded the confidentiality of information provided to us by our clients and are bound by our professional standards to continue to maintain this vital aspect of our professional relationship.
I. Acquisition of Client Information
The firm collects nonpublic personal information about our clients from the following sources:
II. Disclosure of Nonpublic Information
Our firm policy is never to disclose nonpublic information about our clients. Nonpublic personal information is defined in the regulations as any publicly available information that we acquire by using information you have provided us in connection with any professional services we perform for you, which is not public information. An example would be a bank account number that is somehow used to acquire information regarding a court trial or other public record that would not have been found by us without using the bank account number acquired from you. In a generic sense, any information that a client provides us that involves financial product or service is likely considered nonpublic personal information and receives the same protection from disclosure as all other information about our clients. For purposes of our business relationships with our clients, all information acquired is disclosed only under the following conditions:
In addition to the privacy protection that the new FTC regulations provide you, the Internal Revenue Code prevents the disclosure of client information provided for tax planning or preparation services without the client’s written permission. Further, the ethics rules that govern the operation principles that our firm must follow prohibit disclosing client information.
III. Security Arrangements
We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard our clients’ nonpublic personal information and any other information, to ensure our clients that their privacy is a major part of the firm’s commitment to provide the finest service possible.
IV. Opt Out Provision
The Federal Trade Commission regulations provide that this notice must include a provision for you to request that the firm not release your nonpublic personal information. While such a request is unnecessary, because the firm does not disclose your nonpublic personal information in a manner that would allow you to opt out, in the interests of satisfying regulations, we include this Opt Out Provision.