Notice of Privacy Practices
Anton & Chia, LLP and its affiliates have always been committed to maintaining client confidentiality. We appreciate this opportunity to clarify our privacy practices for you. Types of Information We Obtain: Much of the nonpublic personal financial information about you that we obtain is provided by you or obtained by us with your authorization for the purpose of preparing your personal income tax returns as well as providing financial planning and consulting services.
Parties to Whom We Disclose Information: We do not disclose any nonpublic personal financial information about our clients or former clients to our affiliates or to nonaffiliated third parties except as permitted by law and by the Code of Professional Conduct of the California or other state societies of Certified Public Accountants (State Societies), applicable State Boards of Accountancy, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Nonpublic personal financial information about you and our former clients may be disclosed to both our affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties as permitted by law, and by our Code of Professional Conduct as follows:
- Complying with a validly issued and enforceable subpoena or summons.
- In the course of a review of our firm’s practices under authorization of the California State Board of Accountancy or other state boards of accountancy.
- A review of a professional practice in conjunction with a prospective purchase, sale, or merger of all or part of our practice, provided that we take appropriate precautions (for example, through a written confidentiality agreement) so the prospective purchaser does not disclose information obtained in the course of the review.
- Participating in 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.
- Providing information to affiliates of the firm 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.