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All information and any content provided on Paper + Spark’s website is provided for general education purposes only and may not reflect changes in federal or state laws. It is not intended to be relied upon as legal, accounting, or tax advice or in lieu of consulting services. I strongly encourage you to always consult with a tax or accounting professional about your specific situation before taking any action.

Any federal or state tax advice contained in this blog is not intended or written to be used, and may not be used, for the purpose of avoiding any penalty that may be imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, or supporting the promotion or marketing of any transaction or matters addressed herein.

Tax regulations and accounting guidelines are a very complex business, and our purpose here is to bring the general issues to your attention and make you aware of your responsibilities as a creative biz owner. We cannot possibly discuss or even summarize all the in’s and out’s of every tax law or issue, especially as they might apply to your specific circumstances.

You agree that I am not responsible for your revenues, the profitability or success of your business, or any other result of any kind that you may have as a result of information presented to you through this site.

While I always try to do my best thoroughly researching the topics I present and discuss, I make no guarantee as to the accuracy, applicability, or timeliness of the info on this site, especially as it pertains to specific users or readers.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Terms of Use

The Paper + Spark website & all related content are owned by Janet LeBlanc of Paper + Spark. The website and the words, design, layout, graphics, photos, images, information, materials, documents, data, databases and all other information and intellectual property accessible on or through this Website (“Content”) is my property and is protected by United States intellectual property laws.

Content on this website is solely owned by Janet LeBlanc, unless otherwise noted. It is protected by copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws. You may not use this content in a manner that constitutes an infringement of my rights or that has not been authorized by myself.

If you view, purchase, or access any of this site’s content or materials, you are granted a non-transferable license for personal, non-commercial use only. Your purchase means that you agree not to copy, duplicate, or steal my content.

As a user of my materials, you agree that you will use your own judgment in using this content and you agree to do so at your own risk. This site and the related content are provided to you for educational content to help you run your business in the manner you best see fit. You are solely responsible for your actions & decisions, especially when it comes to your financial responsibilities.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, I expressly exclude any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by you or others in connection with the Paper + Spark site and my content, including without limitation any liability for any loss, lost profits, business interruptions, misapplication of info, loss of data, or damage of any kind, whether caused by negligence, breach of contract, or otherwise, even if foreseeable.

If you have any questions about how you can use my content, reach out at hello@paperandspark.com

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains how information about you is collected, used and disclosed by Paper + Spark. This Privacy Policy applies to information we collect when you use our services or content, or when you otherwise interact with me or my site.

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the “Last Updated” date at the top of this policy and, in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as by adding a statement to our website or by sending you a notification). We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy whenever you access the Services or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy.

Collection of Information

Information You Provide to Us

We collect information you provide directly to us. For example, we collect information when you create an account, participate in any interactive features of the Services, subscribe to a newsletter or email list, participate in an event, survey, contest or promotion, make a purchase, communicate with us via third-party social media sites, request customer support or otherwise communicate with us.

The types of information we may collect include your name, email address, password, postal address, phone number, date of birth, employer information, photo, payment information (such as your credit or debit card and billing address), preference or interest data, and any other information you choose to provide.

Information We Collect Automatically

When you access or use our site, we may automatically collect information about you, including:

Log Information: We collect log information about your use of the Services, including your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, web request, access times, pages viewed, web browser, links clicked and the page you visited before navigating to the Services.

Mobile Device Information: We collect information about the mobile device you use to access our Services, including the hardware model, operating system and version, unique device identifiers, mobile network information and information about your use of our mobile applications.

Information Collected by Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies: We and our service providers use various technologies to collect information, including cookies and web beacons. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help us improve our Services and your experience, see which areas and features of our Services are popular, and count visits. Web beacons are electronic images that may be used in our Services or emails and help deliver cookies, count visits, and understand usage and campaign effectiveness. For more information about cookies, and how to disable them, please see “Your Choices” below.

Customer Information

Certain sections of our site allows you to make purchases from Paper + Spark or from other merchants. If you make a purchase through our site, all info obtained during the transaction, such as your name, address, credit card info, and email address may be collected by myself, the merchant, and the payment processing company. Payment processing companies and merchants may have privacy and data collection practices that are different from mine. I have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies of the payment processing companies. For more information regarding a merchant or payment processing system and its terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant’s website or contact them directly.

Cookies

Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability or functionality of our Services.

Paper + Spark is committed to ensuring that our website contains content that is valuable and useful to our readers and visitors. To help us with this, we’ve implemented Google Analytic Demographics and Interest Reporting features on our site. These tools allow us to review anonymous demographic data about our visitors and thus better serve you. This data is collected through Google Ad settings but is not provided to us in a personally-identifiable format. That means we cannot identify what info is about you specifically.

You can choose to opt out of Google Analytics for Display Ads and customize Google Display Network ads using the Google Ad settings or through the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. Learn more about how Google uses this technology here.

We also use Facebook Pixels to retarget website users for Facebook ads. This means that if you browse our website, you’re more likely to see our Facebook ads. You can view their Privacy Policy here: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

We use Leadpages to collect names and email addresses when offering upgraded content throughout our site. This gives us the opportunity to continue to send out content to those people who signed up. This is always a double opt-in option. You can find Leadpages Privacy Policy here: https://www.leadpages.net/privacy

We  use Askimet to block spam comments. It’s a plug-in that blocks suspicious comments (including suspicious IP addresses) so that we don’t have to spend huge chunks of time deleting spam comments. You can view their terms of service right here: https://akismet.com/tos/

Use of Information

We aim to keep confidential information that you share with us confidential. Please note that we may use information about you for various purposes, including to:

  • Provide, maintain, improve and promote our products and services;
  • Provide and deliver the information, products and services you request, process transactions and send you related information, including confirmations and receipts;
  • Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;
  • Respond to your comments, questions and requests, and provide customer service;
  • Communicate with you about products, services, surveys, offers, promotions, rewards and events offered by Paper + Spark and others, and provide news and information we think will be of interest to you;
  • Monitor and analyze trends, usage and activities in connection with our Services;
  • Personalize and improve the Services and provide advertisements, content or features that match user profiles or interests;
  • Facilitate contests, sweepstakes and promotions, and process and deliver entries and rewards;
  • Link or combine with information we get from others to help understand your needs and provide you with better service; and
  • Carry out any other purpose for which the information was collected.

We are based in the United States and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law. By accessing or using the Services or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing and transfer of information in and to the U.S. and other countries.

Sharing of Information

We may share information about you as follows or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy:

  • With vendors, consultants and other service providers who need access to such information to carry out work or perform services on our behalf;
  • When you participate in the interactive areas of our Services, certain information you provide may be displayed to other users, such as your name, photo, comments and other information you choose to provide;
  • In response to a request for information if we believe disclosure is in accordance with, or required by, any applicable law, regulation or legal process;
  • If we believe your actions are inconsistent with our user agreements or policies, or to protect the rights, property and safety of Company or others;
  • In connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company; and
  • With your consent or at your direction.

Security

You can trust that Paper + Spark takes reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

Your Choices

Account Information

You may review, correct or modify information maintained in your online account at any time by logging into your account and updating your profile information or by emailing us at support@paperandspark.com. If you wish to delete or deactivate your account, please email us at support@paperandspark.com, but note that some information you provide through the Services may continue to be accessible (e.g., comments you submit through the Services) and that we may continue to store information about you as required by law or for legitimate business purposes. We may also retain cached or archived copies of information about you for a certain period of time.

Push Notifications/Alerts

With your consent, we may send push notifications or alerts to your mobile device. You can deactivate these messages at any time by changing the notification settings on your mobile device.

Requesting access or erasure

You have the right to request access or erasure of your personal information. For privacy-related requests, please email me at hello@paperandspark.com

Affiliate Links

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

LAST UPDATES: 5/22/18

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