Also see the GDPR Glossary of Terms at the bottom of this document
How we use personal information about you
Essell Accountants Limited, take the protection of personal data extremely seriously and we always strive to ensure that, at all times, it is protected with appropriate procedural, organisational and technical measures, and that data is only collected and used for appropriate and legitimate purposes.
Essell Accountants Limited will only use your personal information to provide the services previously agreed with you in the Letter of Engagement and any supporting Schedules. We will only use this information in accordance with your instructions and current data protection regulations.
We may receive personal information from you that falls into the category of sensitive personal data, required in order to complete money laundering checks. This information will only be used for the purpose of preventing money laundering and terrorist financing, by any express consent from you, or as otherwise required by law.
What personal data we may collect about you
Essell Accountants Limited is bound by the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As a client of Essell Accountants Limited we may need to ask for personal information about you, your family, partners, associates and employees. Depending on the services agreed to in the Letter of Engagement, this data may include:
- Personal information including addresses, contact details, date of birth, marital status, national insurance numbers and tax references
- Any sensitive personal details required to satisfy money laundering requirements
- Accounting information
- Payroll information
- Pension details
How will this data be processed?
Personal information is only processed by Essell Accountants Limited in accordance with the services previously agreed in the Letter of Engagement and supporting Schedules with you. For example, this might include but may not be limited to:
- Tax returns
- Accounts preparation
- Workplace benefits (P11D)
Please note that we may also process some of this personal information for the following purposes:
- Updating our client records system
- Analysis for management purposes
- Statutory returns
- Legal and regulatory compliance
- Crime prevention
How long we keep your data for
We will typically hold your personal information for 7 years after the closure of your account in line with regulatory data retention requirements. Data may be retained longer than 7 years if required for legal purposes, for an on-going litigation (litigation hold), or where explicitly requested by you.
Sharing and transmitting personal data
Essell Accountants Limited will NEVER sell, rent, share or disseminate any of the controller’s data to any third party, except where necessary in order to provide the services agreed in the Letter of Engagement.
Your personal data may be transferred to appropriate third parties as follows:
- HMRC for the purpose of complying with statutory requirements, e.g. filing tax returns, VAT returns, CIS returns and real-time reporting
- Companies House for the purpose of statutory company reporting
- Your payroll pension provider
- To and from any of your cloud based systems such as accounting and invoicing platforms
- Mortgage companies and landlord reference check agencies but only with your consent
- Any other accountancy practice but only with your written consent
We may occasionally need to transfer your personal data to one of our software providers, where the data has become damaged and needs to be repaired. In these circumstances we will always request permission from you and ensure that the data is transferred in a secure and encrypted form.
How we communicate with you
Essell Accountants Limited may contact you using telephone numbers, email addresses or addresses ‘volunteered’ by you as part of an initial communication with Essell Accountants Limited or provided when agreeing services in the Letter of Engagement.
We may occasionally send text messages to your mobile phone number, but this will only be in relation to services agreed with you. These texts will never contain your personal details and will never be used for marketing purposes.
We will only send text messages to your mobile if you specifically agree to receive them.
We may also occasionally use your personal information to send you relevant information about third parties that we think you may be interested in. For example, we may send details about tax investigation insurance policies. However we will never send your details to these third parties without your express permission.
We will only send you these types of communications if you specifically agree to receive them.
Security of Data
Essell Accountants Limited is committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place various physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information.
Right of access to data about you
GDPR gives you the legal right to access personal data about you that is held by Essell Accountants Limited It allows you to check the lawfulness of any data processing, to ask for incorrect data to be changed, and for data about you to be erased (within any legal or regulatory constraints).
To get a copy of this data, please make a Subject Access Request (SAR) to the data protection officer at Essell Accountants Limited. Essell Accountants Limited will make a copy of the data available as quickly as possible, and this will be within one month of receipt of the SAR.
Subject Access Requests should be made in writing to:
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The Essell Accountants Limited Website
Essell Accountants Limited do not collect or process any personal data from the website. We do not monitor IP addresses from your computer, nor do we perform any form of analysis on visits. The website does include some cookies but these are solely for the basic operation of the site. No monitoring, tracking or data collection is performed by the cookies.
Essell Accountants Limited do use some social networking sites. However, no personal information that is ‘volunteered’ by visitors, by liking and sharing content, is collected, used or analysed by Essell Accountants Limited.
How to contact us
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post to: ?????, Partner, Essell Accountants Limited, 29 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1AR.
Glossary of Terms
Personal data refers to any information that could identify an individual, or when combined with other accessible data, could make that person identifiable. This may include (but is not limited to):
- Names and contact information, for example emails, addresses and telephone numbers
- National Insurance Numbers
- Employment history
- Employee numbers
- Credit History
- Personal tax
- Payroll and accounting data
Sensitive Personal Data
Sensitive personal data may include:
- Biometric data such as the photo in an electronic passport
For the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the term ‘data controller’ refers to the person or organisation that determines what data is required and controls how this personal data is processed.
In this instance, the data controller is Essell Accountants Ltd, 29 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1AR.
The data protection officer is ??????, Partner who can be contacted on email@example.com
For GDPR, the term ‘data processor’ refers to a person or organisation which processes personal data for the data controller. In the case of Essell Accountants Limited, this is likely to include HMRC, Companies House and pension providers.
Data processing is any operation performed upon personal data both manually and via an automated system. Example may include: collecting, recording, transmitting, storing, altering, using, disclosing, disseminating, erasing and destruction
Subject Access Request (SAR)
A subject access request is your legal right to request a copy of information about you held by the data controller. You can also ask the data controller, and through them, the data processor, to change personal information, where it is incorrect, or for the data to be erased (but this is within the constraints of any legal or regulatory requirements to retain the said data).
- Cookies – Cookies are text files that a website may place on your computer to help it track and log activity (also see www.aboutcookies.org). Most browsers allow you to disable cookies but this might impact the behaviour of a website.
- Analytics – Some websites use analytics to store information about visitors accessing the web. For example, Google Analytics is one of these third-party providers, and they will collect information about you, the pages you visit, how long for, and so on.
- IP Addresses – An IP address is a unique numerical address that can identify your computer or connection on the Internet.