Policy of Francis J. April, CPA, L.L.C.
Your privacy is important to us, and maintaining
your trust and confidence is one of our highest priorities.
We respect your right to keep your personal information confidential
and understand your desire to avoid unwanted solicitations.
A recent law change requires us (along with banks, brokerage
houses, and other financial institutions) to disclose our
We hope that by taking a few moments to read it, you will
have a better understanding of what we do with the information
you provide us and how we keep it private and secure.
A. Types of Nonpublic Personal Information We
Collect: We collect certain personal information about you
when it is provided by you or is obtained by us with your
authorization. We use that information to prepare your personal
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, faxes or e-mails
from you; tax return or financial/estate planning organizers;
and financial history questionnaires.
B. Parties to Whom We Disclose Information:
As a general rule, we do not disclose personal information
about our clients or former clients. However, to the extent
permitted by law and any applicable state Code of Professional
Conduct, certain nonpublic information about you may be disclosed
in situations such as the following:
1. To comply with a validly issued and enforceable subpoena
2. 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.
3. In conjunction with a prospective alliance,
purchase, sale, or merger of all or part of our practice,
provided that we take appropriate precautions in requesting
that the prospective purchaser or merger partner does not
disclose information obtained in the course of the review.
4. 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
5. To provide information to affiliates of the
firm and nonaffiliated third parties who perform services
or functions for us in conjunction with our services to you,
with an understanding with the other party which prohibits
them from disclosing or using the information other than for
the purposes for which it was disclosed. (Examples of such
disclosures might include using an outside service bureau
to process tax returns or engaging a records-retention agency
to store prior year records.)
C. Confidentiality and Security of Nonpublic
Personal Information: 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
applicable. We also maintain physical, electronic, and/or
procedural safeguards in compliance with applicable laws and
regulations to guard your personal information from unauthorized
access, alteration, or premature destruction.
Thank you for allowing us to serve your accounting,
tax, and financial planning needs. We value your business
and are committed to protecting your privacy. We hope you
view our firm as your most trusted adviser and we will work
to continue earning your trust. Please call us if you have
any questions or if we can be of further service.