Our Privacy Policy

At Ian Walker & Co Chartered Accountants, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who approach us and engage our services, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to office@ianwalkerandco.co.uk or by writing to Ian Walker & Co, Heworth House, Melrosegate, Heworth, York, YO31 0RP. Alternatively, you can telephone 01904 310241.

Who we are

We’re IWC Professional Limited, (England & Wales 09671501) trading as Ian Walker & Co Chartered Accountants. We are bound by the professional ethics of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). The registered address is Heworth House, Melrosegate, Heworth, York, YO31 0RP and speak with Ian Walker or our Administration Manager.

How information is collected from you

We obtain information about you when you contact us about our services, as a potential new client. Once engaged, the furtherance of our duties will result in more of your data being accessible to, and held by us.

The type of information we collect from you

The personal information we collect might include your name, address, email address, telephone number, National Insurance number and Unique Taxpayer Reference, date of birth and marital status.

How your is information used

In the execution of our duties for the professional services you have engaged us, we may use your information to:

· Register you as a client on our database;

· Send you communications which are pertinent to you as our client, to help you meet your filing obligations. These will include Self-Assessment books requests and reminders and company year-end reminders and books requests;

· Register you for Self-Assessment with HM Revenue & Customs in accordance with your instructions;

· Request authority to act on your behalf with HM Revenue & Customs;

· Register your company for PAYE, VAT, CIS and Auto-Enrolment in accordance with your instruction;

· Send you marketing communications. For more details on this see “Your choices” below.

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations in line with the Data Protection Act 1998, (General Data Protection Regulations 2018 as of 25th May 2018) and under the Criminal Finances Act 2017. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.

Who has access to your information?

We will not sell or rent your information to any third parties.

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf: upon your written instruction we may pass your information to our third party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you (for example for Auto-Enrolment and Fee Protection services). This may include referring you on a shared commission basis to other professional firms (Independent Financial Advisors etc). However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the specific service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties beyond the remit of your instruction.

When you are making payment to us by Paypal, your payment is processed by a third party payment processor, who specialises in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions.

We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party; or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation, or if we’re under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any code of ethics or legal obligation or to enforce or apply our terms of use or to protect the rights, property or safety of our supporters and customers. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

Your choices

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. The type of communications you will receive from us include, but are not limited to:

· Annual Fee Protection offering

· Invitations to seminars on subjects pertinent to our clients

· Technical advisory releases

· Marketing material of the practice including annual Tax Cards and Christmas cards

· Communications to you if our office is your company’s Registered Office

If you do not want to receive any, or all, of these please email office@ianwalkerandco.co.uk stating your preference. Your decision will be recognised on our database and you will be excluded from such; per your instruction.

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or text message unless you have given your prior consent. We will not contact you for marketing purposes by post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting us by email: office@ianwalkerandco.co.uk or telephone on 01904 310241.

How you can access and update your information

The accuracy of your information is important to us. We’re working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that we hold about you. In the meantime, if you change email address, or any of the other information we hold is varied, inaccurate or out of date, please email us at: office@ianwalkerandco.co.uk, or writing to Ian Walker & Co, Heworth House, Melrosegate, Heworth, York, YO31 0RP. Alternatively, you can telephone 01904 310241.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information IWC Professional Limited hold about you (we retain the right to levy a charge of £10 for information requests) to cover our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. Any sensitive information is encrypted and protected with SSL encryption. When you are on a secure page, a lock icon will appear on the bottom of web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Use of 'cookies'

Like many other websites, the Ian Walker & Co website uses cookies. 'Cookies' are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual. For example, geographical data will be available to us as a result of our cookie policy and your agreement to the same.

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. For more information on how to switch off cookies on your computer, visit our full cookies policy. Turning cookies off may result in a loss of functionality when using our website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

Transferring your information outside of Europe

As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.

If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be unavoidably transferred outside of the EU in order for us to provide you with those services. Despite our servers being in the UK, we can’t guarantee the location of servers used by third parties utilised over said duties (ie SAGE, Xero, Dropbox etc).

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in May 2018.

 
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