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This second edition of Accounting Ethics uses concrete examples and case studies to examine the ethical responsibilities of individual accountants as well as accounting firms. Approaches the myriad ethical issues in the accounting environment from both a theoretical and practical perspective Offers a comprehensive overview of ethics in accounting, as well as an examination of and recommendations for solving the current crisis in this field Investigates the nature and purpose of accounting Uses up-to-date case studies and addresses current issues such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Examines the ethical responsibilities of individual accountants as well as accounting firms
Ronald Duska is The Charles Lamont Post Chair of Ethics and the Professions at the American College as well as the Director of the Center for Ethics in Financial Services. He is the author and editor of several books including, Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics, Ethics for the Financial Services Professional (with Julie Anne Ragatz, 2008), and Moral Development: From Piaget to Kohlberg. Brenda Shay Duska MT, CPA, is currently a manager at Del Pizzo Associates, specializing in taxation. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society for Financial Service Professionals. She serves on the boards of the non-profit, MusicWorks and the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Financial Service Professionals. Julie Anne Ragatz is Assistant Professor of Ethics at The American Colleges and the Associate Director of The Center for Ethics in Financial Services. She is currently finishing her PhD in philosophy at Temple University where she concentrates on ethical theory and applied ethics.
Table of Contents
|The Nature of Accounting and the Chief Ethical Difficulty: True Disclosure||p. 9|
|The Nature of Accounting||p. 10|
|Ethics of Disclosure||p. 14|
|The Financial Statement||p. 17|
|Roles an Accountant can Fulfill||p. 20|
|Development of Explicit Accounting Standards and Regulations||p. 22|
|The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)||p. 27|
|Recent Scandals that Provoked More Regulation||p. 29|
|Ethical Behavior in Accounting: What Is Ethics?||p. 31|
|What Is Ethics?||p. 34|
|Ethics: The Intellectual Enterprise||p. 35|
|Social Practices, Institutions, and Systems||p. 36|
|Why Study Ethics?||p. 36|
|Being Ethical: How to Determine What to Do||p. 38|
|Questions to Ask to Justify an Action: The Basis of Ethical Theory||p. 42|
|Using the Reasons||p. 46|
|Ethical Dilemmas||p. 47|
|Some Classic Moral Dilemmas||p. 48|
|Ethical Behavior in Accounting: Ethical Theory||p. 51|
|Kant and Deontology||p. 61|
|Deontological Ethics||p. 62|
|The First Formula of the Categorical Imperative||p. 64|
|The Second Formula of the Categorical Imperative||p. 65|
|Virtue Ethics||p. 66|
|Accounting as a Profession: Characteristics of a Profession||p. 69|
|Accounting Codes of Conduct||p. 77|
|AICPA Professional Code of Conduct||p. 79|
|Code Principles||p. 80|
|Criticisms of the Code of Conduct||p. 92|
|The Rules of the Code of Conduct||p. 93|
|Section 100 - Independence, Integrity, and Objectivity||p. 94|
|Section 200 - General Standards Accounting Principles||p. 99|
|Section 300 - Responsibilities to Clients||p. 102|
|Section 400 - Responsibilities to Colleagues||p. 103|
|Section 500 - Other Responsibilities and Practices||p. 103|
|The Auditing Function||p. 109|
|The Ethics of Public Accounting||p. 113|
|The Auditor's Responsibility to the Public||p. 116|
|The Auditor's Basic Responsibilities||p. 118|
|Independence Risk||p. 127|
|Professional Skepticisrn||p. 131|
|Reasonable Assurance||p. 133|
|The Ethics of Managerial Accounting||p. 135|
|Reasons Used to Justify Unethical Behaviors||p. 140|
|Blowing the Whistle||p. 144|
|The Ethics of Tax Accounting||p. 151|
|Ethics Applied to the Accounting Firm||p. 167|
|Accounting as a Business||p. 169|
|The Social Responsibility of Business||p. 170|
|Good Ethics is Good Business||p. 175|
|Ethical Responsibilities of Accounting Firms||p. 177|
|The Accounting Profession in Crisis||p. 177|
|Afterword: Current Debates on Accounting Issues||p. 185|
|Fair Value and Principles vs. Rules||p. 185|
|Fair Value Accounting||p. 189|
|Arguments for and Against the Fair Value Approach||p. 193|
|Principles vs. Rules||p. 199|
|Isn't GAAP Already Principles Based?||p. 200|
|An Example: The Continental Vending Case||p. 204|
|Recent Developments of ˘Present Fairly÷||p. 206|
|A Better Question||p. 207|
|Argument for a Rules Based Approach||p. 208|
|What Would a Principles Based Approach Look Like? The True and Fair Override||p. 211|
|Argument for a Principles Based Approach||p. 212|
|Summary of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002||p. 217|
|The IMA Code of Conduct for Management Accountants||p. 230|
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