Security and Privacy
Effective Date July 1, 2015

OUR SECURITY & PRIVACY PLEDGE

At Vanish Tax, we have dedicated ourselves to revolutionizing the tax debt negotiation process and helping individuals manage their financial lives. In that effort, we respect and protect the privacy of those who visit or use our website. When we collect information from you, we want you to know how it is used. To demonstrate our commitment to fair information practices, we have adopted leading industry privacy guidelines.

By using our website, you are consenting to the use of information and agreeing to these guidelines and the other Vanish Tax policies described on our website.

Vanish Tax does not share your personal information with outside companies for their promotional use without your consent.

Because of the financial nature of our business, our websites are not designed to appeal to children under the age of 13. Therefore, we don’t knowingly attempt to solicit or receive any information from children.

VANISH TAX MEDIA ADVERTISING GUIDELINES

At Vanish Tax, we want you to be comfortable and confident when using our website. Therefore, we would like to share with you the following principles that govern our information practices and other privacy aspects of our website:

We do not make our advertising decisions based on political affiliations or in support of, or against, any political or religious group. We firmly believe in the right of free speech, however, we also believe we have an obligation to ensure our advertising does not appear in content that is detrimental to our brand values. This means we will not advertise within programs that consistently exploit excessive or gratuitous violence or sexuality, which demean or denigrate any religion, race or sex.

Should our advertising appear within programming content that violates these guidelines we will review the content in question and make decisions about the appropriateness of that program for future consideration.

OUR PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICES

At Vanish Tax, we want you to be comfortable and confident when using our website. Therefore, we would like to share with you the following principles that govern our information practices and other privacy aspects of our website:

We provide you notice of our website information practices.

We tell you how and why we use Web technologies.

We give you choices about how the personally identifiable information that you provide to us may be used.

We provide you the opportunity to update or correct your personally identifiable information.

We work to protect personally identifiable information from loss, misuse, or unauthorized alteration.

We provide various ways for you to contact us about our information practices and other aspects of privacy.

WE PROVIDE YOU NOTICE OF OUR WEBSITE INFORMATION PRACTICES.

To maximize the value of our services, we may request information from you when you visit our websites.

Vanish Tax does not share your personal information with outside companies for their promotional use.

Here is a description of the information we collect and how it is used:

PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY AND CREDIT

Vanish Tax does not request your credit report at any time. We will not report your use of our services, or the outcomes to any credit agency.

Tools, Applications and Registration: We provide a number of ways for you to explore your options for tax debt relief, so you can determine which options may be the most desirable for you. You can engage a number of tools, planners, calculators and other interactive tools on the website without providing us your identity. We will not ask you for personally identifiable information to use these features, and do not attribute the information that you provide to you as an individual.

However, if you want to exercise one or more of the tax relief options presented, we will ask you to register at the site and supply other identifying and supporting information needed to process negotiate with the IRS on your behalf.

Vanish Tax does not share your information with outside companies for their promotional use. We may, however, use it to send you communications and special offers on other products or services offered by Vanish Tax. If you do not want to receive this information you may opt-out at any time, within any future communications or by sending an Email to contact@vanishtax.com.

We may also supply the information you provide, on a strictly confidential basis, to service providers, such as attorneys, certified public accountants or the like to assist us in handling your case. These service providers may contact you about services they offer unrelated to your tax case. You are under no obligation to use any of the Vanish Tax preferred service providers.

Newsletters: We provide you the opportunity to subscribe to Email newsletters and other Email communications. You may unsubscribe by following the instructions provided in each Email newsletter.

MORE ON OUR GENERAL INFORMATION PRACTICES.

Contests, Sweepstakes, and Surveys: From time to time, we may offer you the option to participate in contests, sweepstakes, or surveys. If you would like to participate, we may ask you for contact information, preferences or other information. This information may be used to conduct research, improve our offerings, or contact you regarding home financing or award prizes. Our contests or sweepstakes may have separate rules and we will identify how the information that you supply will be used in each case.

Mandatory and Optional Information: We identify what information is required to fulfill your request. If you chose not to provide mandatory information, we will not be able to provide you the service you are requesting. As part of your use of our website, we may collect information that my include your name, address, social security number, the amount of tax debt owed, status of past tax filings, financial information about your assets and income, financial accounts, insurance and other information. We will also collect information about your activity on the Vanish Tax websites and use that information as described in this policy.

E-mail Message Formatting: When sending you Email we may use an image called a single-pixel GIF, that allows us to (1) format messages that best align with your computer’s capabilities, and (2) determine whether you’ve opened an HTML Email. When you click on a link within an Email message, you will first pass through our server, and then are redirected onto the Internet. We use this data on an aggregate level to evaluate response rates to our Email messages and to determine which links are most useful to our client base.

Within the Vanish Tax Provider Network: Within the Vanish Tax provider network, which includes our attorneys, certified public accountants and our technology partners, we may exchange customer information to fulfill your requests or to provide you with information about other products or services, if you have chosen to receive such communications.

Service Providers: In some cases, we will employ or use service providers such as attorneys, accountants, consultants, and temporary workers, third party software developers, to complete a business process or provide a service on our behalf. For example, we may use service providers to enhance our website technology, deliver products, or to send Emails. When we employ service providers, we may need to share your personally identifiable information. Service providers are discouraged from using your personally identifiable information for purposes other than to act on our behalf.

Service Alerts and Critical Notices: Although we respect and honor the privacy preferences you have expressed, we may need to contact you to inform you of specific changes that may impact your ability to use this service or for other critical non-marketing purposes. We may also contact you to respond to your specific requests, to clarify the order information you provided to us, or to notify you of upcoming subscription expiration dates.

Change of Control: Your personally identifiable information may be transferred in connection with a sale, merger, transfer, exchange or other disposition (whether of assets, stock or otherwise) of all or a portion of a business of Vanish Tax. You will have the opportunity to opt out of further secondary use of your information following any change of control.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy: If we plan to make significant changes to any of our privacy policies or practices with respect to how we use personally identifiable information, we’ll post those changes to the Vanish Tax website 30 days before they take effect.

Legal Disclosures: In some cases we may disclose certain information to comply with a legal process, such as a court order, subpoena, search warrant, or law enforcement request.

WE WORK TO PROTECT PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION FROM LOSS, MISUSE, OR UNAUTHORIZED ALTERATION.

We employ industry recognized security safeguards to help protect the personally identifiable information that you have provided to us from loss, misuse, or unauthorized alteration. All data sent to Vanish Tax is protected with technology that enables encryption of your data. We use:

Secure Socket Layer (SSL): The Vanish Tax Web server supports the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) transaction protocol originally developed by Netscape and now largely accepted as an industry standard. The purpose of this encryption protocol is to keep confidential the information passed back and forth between a Web server and its users.

We work to protect personally identifiable information stored on the our servers from unauthorized access using industry standard computer security products, such as firewalls, as well as carefully developed security procedures and practices. All employees must review and sign a written statement of these practices which include limiting access to sensitive information to only those employees who require the information and enforcing strict password protocols for all employees.

WE TELL YOU HOW AND WHY WE USE WEB TECHNOLOGIES.

Here is how and why we use some common Web technologies to help manage our websites:

Cookies: A “cookie” is a small piece of information that our website may provide to your browser while you are at our sites. The Vanish Tax website supplies your browser with cookies that contain a unique identifier used to better understand website usage in the aggregate and on an individual level so we know what areas of our site users prefer (e.g., based on the number of visits to those areas). This is done through a tracking utility that allows us, for example, to reconstruct activity from a session or by a user, for troubleshooting and issue resolution purposes. Vanish Tax may also employ service providers to help us collect and understand our website usage data.

When periodic surveys are presented to website visitors, cookies are used to prevent issuing multiple invitations to the same individual.

If you are a registered member on the Vanish Tax website, you will receive a cookie when you login. This cookie is maintained by your browser and contains your identifier. This cookie is also used to authenticate your identity and provide you with access to areas of our website that are limited to registered members, such as those that allow you to view and manage your personal profile.

Additionally, Vanish Tax service providers that serve ads on affiliate and/or advertiser websites may assign different cookies and small graphical images called single-pixel GIFs or web beacons, to your browser to track the effectiveness of Vanish Tax advertising on other websites and your involvement with Vanish Tax. For example, as part of the Vanish Tax affiliate programs, our service providers use cookies and web beacons to determine when affiliate program members have referred a customer to Vanish Tax via a link on their website. The Vanish Tax website also sets a temporary cookie that contains a unique, anonymous identifier that is provided to the service provider to ensure that each referral is only counted once. This cookie is not linked to a customer’s personal information. The cookies and web beacons are necessary to ensure that affiliate program members are appropriately credited for their referrals. Service providers report data in the aggregate and do not link it to individual customer information. Vanish Tax may also employ service providers who may assign cookies or web beacons to your browser to assist us in collecting website usage data such as your IP address, session ID, URL and demographic information such as your zip code. The collection of data may include personally identifiable information. We do not track URLs that you type into your browser, nor do we track you across the Internet once you leave our site.

If you simply want to browse, you do not have to accept cookies from our site. Should you decide, however, that you would like to register and sign in to special areas of the website and you have modified your browser settings not to accept cookies, you will need to re-set your browser to accept the cookies that we send. Otherwise, you won’t be able to participate in certain areas of the website. Most browsers are defaulted to accept and maintain cookies.

Since most browsers are defaulted to accept and maintain cookies, you will most likely have to set your browser to reject new cookies or to disable them altogether, in order to avoid receiving future cookies from the Vanish Tax website. Please note that if you choose to reject or disable cookies, your access to certain areas within the Vanish Tax website may be limited.

Behavioral Advertising: Please be aware that we may use third party advertising companies to collect non-personally identifiable information for online behavioral advertising to provide targeted display advertisements, likely to be of greater interest to you, through participating publishers and advertisers. Such information may include non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) through the use of Cookies and other technology. To learn more about online behavioral advertising or to opt-out of this type of advertising, please click on the following link: www.networkadvertising.org.

Website Usage Data: Our website tracks usage data, including, for example, your IP address, your browser type and version, which pages you view, which page, if any, linked you to our site, and which link, if any, you follow off of our site. We use this data in the aggregate and on an individual level to better understand website activity to improve our site offerings, to reconstruct activity from a session or by a user, for troubleshooting and issue resolution purposes. We may also use this data to provide you a more personalized website experience, assistance with technical support questions, and to send you special offers, product and service updates, or other promotional materials that are relevant and tailored to your interests. If you do not want to receive these offers or promotions, simply indicate your contact preferences during the registration process, within any future communications or by sending an Email to contact@vanishtax.com. We do not share your information with outside companies for their promotional use. We do not track URLs that you type into your browser, nor do we track you across the Internet once you leave our site.

Social Media and Third-Party Website Security and Privacy Policies: Vanish Tax currently has presence on social media to connect with and market to the public, Vanish Tax customers, and potential customers of the Vanish Tax’ family. Your activity on third-party websites is governed by the security and privacy policies of each third-party website. Users of third-party websites often share information with the general public, user community, and/or the third-party operating the third-party website, which may use this information in a variety of ways. Consequently, you should review the privacy policies of the third-party website before using it and ensure that you understand how this information may be used. You may be able to adjust privacy settings on your accounts on any third-party website or application to match your preferences. The information posted on or directed at Vanish Tax through social media is generally available to the public. To protect your privacy, do not include information you want to keep private or any other sensitive personal information in your social media activity, comments or responses. This information may be archived independently on, and retention of such information is governed by, the third-party website.

Browser “Do Not Track” and Other Settings: You may be using an Internet browser that has the ability to communicate your privacy preferences to the website, including requests not to track your usage and browsing history. Currently, the Vanish Tax websites do not respond to any of these signals. Vanish Tax may track your activity on these websites and use that information as provided in this policy.

WE GIVE YOU CHOICES ABOUT HOW THE PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE TO US MAY BE USED.

We give you the opportunity to control the use of your personal information for purposes other than to fulfill your request or service your tax debt needs. For example, on occasion we may use your contact information to send you promotional communications about Vanish Tax products. If you do not wish to receive such communications, you may specify your contact preferences during the information collection process or you may call toll-free at (877) 700-1830 or send an Email to contact@vanishtax.com.

WE PROVIDE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO UPDATE OR CORRECT YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION.

We provide you the opportunity to update or correct the contact and tax information that you have provided to us. Once you have submitted your documentation, you may only change the information by directly contacting our main office hotline at (877) 700-1830 or send an Email to contact@vanishtax.com.

Vanish Tax recommends that you do not use email communications to send us sensitive personal information. If you need to change that personal information, we recommend that you call us directly.

WE PROVIDE VARIOUS WAYS FOR YOU TO CONTACT US ABOUT OUR INFORMATION PRACTICES AND OTHER ASPECTS OF PRIVACY.

Questions regarding the Vanish Tax website’s privacy statement, our online privacy policy, our information practices or other aspects of privacy on our websites, should be directed to us by Email to contact@vanishtax.com or by writing to us at Vanish Tax, Inc., Attn: Client Relations, 875 N Douglas St El Segundo CA 90245. You may call our main office hotline at (877) 700-1830.