This privacy statement applies to www.FreeTaxUSA.com which is owned and operated by TaxHawk, Inc. This privacy statement describes how TaxHawk, Inc. collects and uses the personally identifiable information you provide on our web site: www.FreeTaxUSA.com ("FreeTaxUSA.com"). It also describes the choices available to you regarding our use of your personally identifiable information and how you can access and update this information. FreeTaxUSA.com treats your financial and personally identifiable information as confidential and will not sell or rent any information.
Information Collection and Use
TaxHawk, Inc. is the sole owner of the information collected on www.FreeTaxUSA.com/freefile2021. Information is collected in order for taxpayers to prepare and electronically file their tax returns. Tax return information is only disclosed to appropriate government and financial institutions in order to file tax returns and comply with Internal Revenue Service requirements. The data collected includes everything that is needed to prepare a tax return, such as names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, mailing address, email address, and any tax-related information (e.g. W-2s and 1099 forms). If a purchase is made, credit card information for a credit card payment or bank account information for an e-check payment will be gathered. Information may also be collected from customers who contact us for support. The information collected, such as a phone number, will be used to research and resolve customer questions. As part of an effort to enhance protection of your identity and your personal information, we may match personal information you provide against publicly available information provided by other sources such as a service that provides identity verification.
Due to European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) regulatory requirements, we do not provide service or intentionally collect data from EU or EEA residents. By using our service, customers represent that they are not EU or EEA residents.
All personally identifiable information gathered during account creation and during the use of the application to prepare taxes is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
At times, we may offer a referral service so that you can tell a friend about our products. We will ask you for your friend's name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. FreeTaxUSA.com stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us at webmaster@FreeTaxUSA.com to request that we remove this information from our database.
Data Retention Policy
All data collected will be retained for a maximum period of eight (8) years calculated from October 31st of the IRS tax filing deadline year in which the return is due. Data will be deleted after October 31st of the 8th year following the IRS tax filing deadline year, regardless of the year the return is actually filed. For example:
Data collected for a 2021 tax return (which has an IRS tax filing deadline in 2022) will be retained until October 31, 2030.
Data collected for a 2014 tax return (which has an IRS tax filing deadline in 2015) will be retained until October 31, 2023. Even if the return was filed in a later year, such as 2022.
This retention policy applies to all data collected for a given tax year regardless of whether an account is active or inactive.
Tracking Technologies / Cookies
Technologies such as cookies or similar technology are used by FreeTaxUSA.com and our marketing, affiliate, service, and analytics partners. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users' movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.
We partner with Google and Facebook to provide personalized advertising on their properties and ad networks. These services use third-party cookies to provide personalized FreeTaxUSA advertising based on your browsing activities on this site. If you wish to opt out, or adjust your personalized ad settings, click here for Google and click here for Facebook. Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.
Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our website or to display advertising based upon your web browsing activity also use HTML5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5.
Like most websites, FreeTaxUSA.com uses log files and analytical software to track website usage. The information collected may include IP addresses, browser types, browser configuration, internet service providers (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform types, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user movement, and gather broad demographic information for use in improving the site. We link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you.
Contests and Giveaways
Contests and giveaways have their own terms and conditions and should be referenced before entering.
Communications from FreeTaxUSA.com
Your contact information (email address) may be used to keep you updated on the status of your return, remind you of important dates on the tax calendar, resolve any problems with transmission of your tax return, and provide a confirmation of credit card or direct-debit payments. If you e-file your tax return, an email will be sent to you stating whether the IRS has accepted or rejected your e-filed tax return. If problems occur with the transmission of your tax return, a customer support email may be sent out to explain the problem. We'll also send you a confirmation email as a receipt when you pay for any FreeTaxUSA.com services.
FreeTaxUSA.com will not use your information to market any third-party product or service. Occasionally, FreeTaxUSA.com will send out tax information or promotional material dealing with our products. These are considered optional communications and you, as the recipient, can specify whether or not you wish to receive this type of communication. This can be done while creating your account, by using the Edit User Profile portion of the application after signing in, by clicking on the "Update Email Preferences" link in the footer of every optional email or by following the instructions found at the following link: https://www.FreeTaxUSA.com/subscriptions.jsp.
On rare occasions, it is necessary to send out a strictly service-related announcement. For instance, if service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, FreeTaxUSA.com might send users a notification via email.
Customer support for FreeTaxUSA.com is provided through our tax application, email, or phone. When a customer support request is received, we will reply via the customer support portion of the application, email, or phone. If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire to use our service, you may correct, update or delete it by signing in to your account and make any changes. If you have any questions regarding this process, you may contact us at support@support.FreeTaxUSA.com; we will respond within a reasonable timeframe. Upon request and verification of your identity, FreeTaxUSA.com will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. However, once the IRS accepts your e-filed tax return, no changes can be made to your account that would change any of the information on the tax return.
We will retain your information for as long as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Though every effort is made to preserve user privacy, in certain situations, FreeTaxUSA.com may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. We may also disclose your personally identifiable information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, to investigate fraud to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order, respond to a government request, bankruptcy proceedings or similar legal process served on our website.
We will share your personally identifiable information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy statement. We do not sell your personally identifiable information to third parties.
We may provide your personally identifiable information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as shipping your order, SMS authentication, or sending emails. These companies are authorized to use your personally identifiable information only as necessary to provide these services to us.
Customer reviews are collected and managed using a third-party service. Any information collected during the review is stored and managed on a third-party site. The review and some details provided can be shown publicly.
Account verification codes sent through text messaging or voice calls are provided by third-party services. A customer's phone number will be forwarded to the service in order to send the account verification code.
Credit Card Processing
If during the use of our application you order a product that requires payment, your credit card or direct-debit payment will be processed by a payment processing company. The payment processing companies that we use do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes. No credit card information will be collected unless there is a payment due. Your credit card data is only used to process your payment.
In the event FreeTaxUSA.com goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, the personally identifiable information of users will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. Users will be notified, via email and/or through a prominent notice on the FreeTaxUSA.com website, 30 days prior to a change of ownership or control of their personally identifiable information. If as a result of the business transition, the personally identifiable information will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, users will be given a choice consistent with our notification of changes section.
FreeTaxUSA.com maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable law and federal standards. When users submit sensitive information via the website, it is protected both online and offline. FreeTaxUSA.com uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology to protect all sensitive information. SSL technology is the most commonly-used method on the Internet to safely transmit data. Access to your personally identifiable information is protected by a password, of your choosing, in order to maintain security for your account. Only you, or someone with whom you share your password, can access your account to make changes to your return or account information.
Along with using SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also take great care to protect user information offline. The FreeTaxUSA.com servers are located in a secure data storage facility with strict security measures and procedures in place. All user information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted to only key employees who need the information to perform a specific job function (Example: the customer support manager). Furthermore, all employees are kept up-to-date on the security and privacy practices of FreeTaxUSA.com. Before every tax season, as well as any time new policies are added, employees of FreeTaxUSA.com are notified and/or reminded about the importance placed on privacy, and what they can do to ensure the security of user information. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. If you have any further questions about the security at FreeTaxUSA.com, you can send an email to support@support.FreeTaxUSA.com.
Links to 3rd Party Sites
Our Site includes links to other websites whose privacy practices may differ from those of FreeTaxUSA.com. If you submit personally identifiable information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy statements. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy statement of any website you visit.
Social Media Widgets
Our website includes social media widgets, such as the Facebook "Like" button, the "Twitter" button, and other social widgets. These features may collect your IP address, the URL of the page you are coming from, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third-party or hosted directly on our website. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy statement of the company providing it.
Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy statement, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and there may be other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this statement, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our homepage prior to the change becoming effective.
California Privacy Rights
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) confers certain personal data rights to California residents. More details and instructions for how to submit a CCPA request may be found here.
If you have additional questions regarding FreeTaxUSA.com's privacy or security policies, please send your question to support@support.FreeTaxUSA.com.
Or, address your written question to:
FreeTaxUSA - Privacy
1366 East 1120 South
Provo, UT 84606
If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third-party dispute resolution provider (free of charge) at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.