Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Shetland Financial will 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 personal income tax returns and may also 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,
  • tax return or financial planning organizers, and
  • financial history questionnaires.

PARTIES TO WHOM WE DISCLOSE INFORMATION

As a general rule, Shetland Financial does 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 other regulatory organization.
  • 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.

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS ON DISCLOSURE OF NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION TO AFFILIATES AND NONAFFILIATED THIRD PARTIES

As a general rule, Shetland Financial is 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. We may disclose confidential client information about you to affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties only at your request and with your written consent.

CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY OF NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION

Except as otherwise described in this notice, Shetland Financial restricts 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, alteration, or premature destruction.