Firm Privacy Policy

In adherence with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Bill I am required to disclose to you my privacy policies. While the details make for less than invigorating reading, it is important that you are aware of how I protect your personal information. Your privacy is very important to me and I am committed to your privacy and retaining your trust. I respect your rights to keep your personal information confidential and to avoid unwanted solicitations.
Please read the following to learn how I handle your personal information.

Types of Information Collected:
I collect nonpublic personal information about you that is provided by you or obtained with your authorization to prepare your personal income tax returns and provide personal financial planning to you.

Examples of Sources from which I Collect Information:
Client interviews, tax return organizers, financial planning organizers, and financial planning history questionnaires.

To properly prepare your income tax return or provide financial planning services, I receive information from you to complete your tax return or financial plan. This information is collected from you in written form, by phone, on line, by mail and in personal interviews and consultations consulted by me, as well as by information collected from others with your authorization.

TRANSACTION INFORMATION: This is information about your transactions with me and includes information necessary to for billing and payment for my income tax preparation and financial planning services, as well as all correspondence between you and my office. Transaction information would also include your payment history with my office, billing records and any collection effort engaged in by us for payment of services rendered to you.

Parties to Whom I Disclose Information:
I do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about my clients or former clients to my affiliates or to nonaffiliated third parties except as permitted by law, the Code of Professional Conduct of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) and Ethics Rulings of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA). Nonpublic Personal Information about you and our former clients may be disclosed to both our affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties as permitted by law, my Code of Professional Conduct, and Ethics Rulings of the AICPA as follows:

1) Complying with a validly issued and enforceable subpoena of summons.

2) In the course of a review of my practice’s practices under the Massachusetts State Board of Public Accountancy authorization.

3) Initiating a complaint or responding to an inquiry made by the Professional Conduct Committee of the MSCPA, the ethics division or trial board of the AICPA or duly constituted investigative or disciplinary body or another State accounting Society or Board of Accountancy.

4) A review of a professional practice in conjunction with a prospective purchase, sale, or merger of all or part of my practice, provided that I take appropriate precautions (for example, through a written confidentiality agreement) so the prospective purchaser does not disclose in formation obtained in the course of the review.

5) Participating in actual or threatened legal proceedings or alternative dispute resolution proceedings either initiated by or against me, provided I 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.

6) Providing information to affiliates of the form and nonaffiliated third parties who perform services or functions for us pursuant to a contractual agreement which prohibits the third party or affiliate from disclosing or using the information other than for the purposes for which the information was disclosed; for example, using an outside service bureau to process clients’ tax returns, or using a records retention agency to store clients records

General Restrictions on Disclosure of Nonpublic Personal Information to Affiliates and Nonaffiliated Third Parties
As a tax preparer, I am prohibited by Internal Revenue Code Section 7216 from disclosing your income tax return information without your consent, other than for the specific purpose of preparing, assisting in preparing or obtaining and providing services in connection with the preparation of an income tax return for you. Furthermore, a a member of the MSCPA engaged in income tax preparation or financial planning, I am generally prohibited from disclosing confidential client information about you to affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties without your specific consent (See exceptions under heading “Parties to whom I disclose information”).

Confidentiality and Security of Nonpublic Personal Information
We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to those employees 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 (my employee code of conduct), applicable law, my Code of Professional Conduct and nondisclosure agreements where appropriate. I also maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in compliance with applicable laws and regulations to guard your Nonpublic Personal Information.

If you have any questions concerning my privacy policy or any other matters, please contact us.