Thank you for visiting Peoples Tax Advisory's (PTA) website and reviewing our Privacy Policy explaining our online information practices. The privacy of visitors to our website is of the utmost importance to PTA.

Our privacy policy is clear: You do not have to provide personal information to use this website. We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you voluntarily choose to provide that information to us. We respect your right to privacy and will protect it when you visit our website. Here’s how we handle information about your visit to our website:

Information Collected and Stored Automatically If, during your visit, you only browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we automatically collect and store only the following information:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain), and IP address (an IP address is a number that is assigned automatically to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you accessed our website:
  2. The type of browser and operating system you used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you accessed our site;
  4. The pages you visited;
  5. The type of actions you performed, such as information requests, and the searches you performed;
  6. The number of bytes of information, if any, sent by our server; and
  7. If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website. This information never identifies you personally. We use this information to help make our site more useful to visitors. This data is used in summary form for statistical purposes: to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our users use; to assess system performance; to identify problems with agency systems; and to improve the site for users. In the event of a computer security incident, such data may be further refined to allow computer security specialists to identify Internet service providers and, in certain cases, individuals or entities attacking PTA.

Website Measurement and Customization Technologies (e.g. Cookies) Policy

PTA uses web measurement and customization technologies, commonly known as “cookies”, to collect information about users’ visits to our site. Use of these technologies makes our website function better for you and allows us to better understand how the public is using the website. Cookies are files placed on your hard drive by a website that allows the website to monitor your use of that site, usually without your express knowledge. Some cookies collect personal information to recognize your computer in the future. PTA does not do this on our website. We use only non-persistent cookies or "per-session cookies”, also known as “Tier 1 web measurement and customization technologies”. These cookies do not collect personal information on users and they are not stored on your computer’s hard drive. They are stored only in your computer’s memory during an active browser session, and they are deleted or erased as soon as you close your browser after visiting our website. PTA uses a third-party analytics provider (currently Google Analytics) to analyze the data collected through the non-persistent cookies or per-session cookies. Google Analytics does not receive personally identifiable information through these cookies and does not combine, match, or cross-reference fhfa.gov information with any other information. The data is automatically sent from a cookie on your machine or device to the provider’s system which immediately aggregates that data. The cookie and any data related to a particular visit to our website are deleted from your computer immediately after you close your browser. PTA uses the aggregated data for internal purposes and discloses it to PTA contractors who have a “need-to-know” in the performance of their official duties. Please refer to the following policies on Google’s website for more information: • Google’s main privacy policy • Cookies & Google Analytics on Websites • Opt out of Google Analytics Cookies You may opt out of having cookies installed on your machine or device by changing the settings of your browser to disable them. For instructions on how to disable cookies from common browsers please visit: http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml. If you chose to disable cookies you will continue to have access to PTA’s website, and you will receive comparable information and services. However, your experience may be different than those who enable cookies.

If You Send Us Personal Information Any personally identifying information (such as name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) that you provide is voluntary. If you voluntarily choose to provide us with such personal information by filling out a form and submitting it to us through our website we will use the information to respond to inquires and provide services.

While providing services we collect nonpublic personal information from you from various sources, including: Interviews regarding your tax situation Applications, organizers, or other documents that supply information as your name, address, telephone number, Social Security Number, number of dependents, income and other tax-related data *Tax-related documents you provide that are required for processing tax returns, such as Forms W-2, 1099R, 1099INT, 1099-DIV, and stock transactions

We do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about our clients or former clients to anyone except as requested by our clients or as required by law.

We restrict access to personal information concerning you, except to our contractors who need such information in order to provide products aor services to you. We maintain, physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your personal information.

We employ physical, technical and administrative safeguards to maintain the security, confidentiality, and integrity of the information we collect on our website.

E-Mail Policy You may send us electronic mail (e-mail) containing your personal information, comment, or question. If you send us e-mail, we may store your name, email address and other personal information in order to respond to you. We do not share your e-mail with any other outside organizations except for authorized law enforcement investigations; or with our regulated entities in order to assist in responding to inquiries.

Links to Other Websites This website contains hypertext links to information created and maintained by other organizations. These links to external websites are provided for your convenience. PTA does not control nor guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any information on these other links/websites. If you go to other websites through these links, our privacy and security policy will no longer apply to you and you will be subject to the privacy and security policy of the new websites.

Social Networking/Media PTA currently maintains accounts on commercial social networks sites, including YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. PTA does not collect, maintain, or disseminate information posted by visitors to these sites. Additionally, PTA does not endorse or control the comments or opinions provided by visitors to these sites. Please note that the PTA Website Privacy Policy does not extend to, or have authority over, the privacy policy of any commercial social networking sites you may visit. Therefore, if you choose to interact with PTA on a commercial third-party site, please review carefully the third party’s privacy policy.

False Statements and Documents If you furnish us with information that you know to be false or misleading, you are subject to prosecution under federal law, specifically 18 U.S.C. § 1001.

Liability PTA makes no express or implied warranty, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process described or depicted on this website.

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact us.