Providers of tax preparation, financial planning, and other financial advisory services are now required by law to inform their clients of their policies regarding privacy of client information. CPAs and CFPs have been and continue to be bound by professional standards of confidentiality that are even more stringent than those required by law. Furthermore, throughout my professional career, I have viewed client confidentiality with utmost importance. As such, I have always protected my clients’ rights to privacy, and will continue to do so.
I collect nonpublic personal information about you that is provided to me by you or obtained by me with your authorization. Typically, such information will be financial in nature. However, I may also obtain information that is more personal in nature. I will view any information about you, obtained in the course of our professional relationship, including your identity as a client of mine, as being confidential.
For current, former, and prospective clients, I do not disclose any nonpublic personal information obtained in the course of my practice except as required or permitted by law. Permitted disclosures include, for instance, providing information to employees, associates, or unrelated third parties who need to know that information to assist me in providing services to you. In rare situations, I may also disclose information to members of the client’s family, or to other parties with whom the client has established a relationship, when I believe that such information will be used to benefit my client. Without specific authorization from my client, I use my professional judgment in deciding the appropriateness of any such disclosures. Unless required by law, in no event do I disclose personal information that I do not believe will serve the best interest of my client.
If you prefer that I always seek your approval before sharing any information with any third party, please advise me.
I retain records relating to professional services that I provide so that I am better able to assist you with your tax and financial needs and obligations, and in some cases, to comply with professional guidelines. I maintain physical and electronic safeguards that can reasonably be expected to protect your records.
As a trusted professional advisor, my ability to hold personal matters in strict confidence is crucial to the success of my practice, and consistent with my desire to serve the best interest of my clients. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to call.
David P. Griffith, CPA, CFP