Acct 530 midterm exam (100% correct)

ACCT 530 Accounting Ethics and Related Regulatory Issues

(Keller Graduate School – Spring 2016)



Question 1.

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(TCO A) All of the following characteristics describe the importance of integrity in decision making, except:




Question 2.

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(TCO A) An accountant who goes outside the entity to blow the whistle on financial wrongdoing by his/her employer violates:




Question 3.

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(TCO A) The Public Interest Principle in the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct recognizes:




Question 4.

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(TCO A) When making a donation at the local Goodwill, Martha tells the clerk that her old computer is worth $400 when she knows it is only worth $100, just so she can deduct more on her taxes. Which theory best describes Martha’s behavior?




Question 5.

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(TCO A) Ethical relativism can best be described as a(n):




Question 6.

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(TCO B) Each of the following is a pillar of corporate governance, except for:




Question 7.

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(TCO B) The Institute of Internal Auditors Code of Ethics includes each of the following principles, except:




Question 8.

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(TCO B) The ACFE found that the most common way that fraud is first detected is through:




Question 9.

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(TCO B) Top values included in corporate values statements include:




Question 10.

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(TCO B) In an ethical decision-making model, the first step is to:




Question 11.

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(TCO B) What is the agency problem?




Question 12.

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(TCO C) The ethical domain in accounting and auditing refers to:




Question 13.

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(TCO C) The need to exercise professional skepticism in auditing can be linked to:




Question 14.

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(TCO C) After framing the question, what should be the next step in decision making when faced with an ethical dilemma?




Question 15.

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(TCO C) Thorne’s Integrated Model of Ethical Decision Making can best be described as:




Question 16.

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(TCO H) Wanda is faced with an ethical dilemma. She knows her supervisor, the CFO, wants to accelerate the recoding of revenue to an earlier period in order to “make the numbers.” But Wanda is convinced this would violate GAAP. If Wanda reasons at stage 4 of Kohlberg’s model, she is most likely to:




Question 17.

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(TCO H) Maya is the CEO of Gadget Corporation, a publicly-traded company. She was informed by the CFO that the company’s earnings were down 40 percent from the prior year due to the recession. The company’s stock price has declined by 30 percent. The CFO comes up with a scheme to hide debt and inflate revenues by selling underperforming assets to a special purpose entity affiliated with the company. Maya is concerned about possible effects on the creditors, but ultimately, she agrees to the accounting. Maya is reasoning at:




Question 18.

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(TCO D) The principle of ethical behavior in the AICPA Code that asks questions directly related to ethical behavior is:




Question 19.

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(TCO D) Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the auditor’s responsibility with respect to internal controls can best be stated as:




Question 20.

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(TCO D) A CPA who informs management of a material misstatement in the financial statements can go to the SEC with his/her concerns if:



Question 1:

(TCO A) Susie, a newly graduated BBA in accounting, has started a job with the state budgeting office. Susie has been placed over expense accounts. The state has a travel policy stating that a state employee may be reimbursed up to $90 per night for a hotel room and up to $40 per day for meals, as long as the employee turns in food receipts. On the first expense account Susie works on, the employee has a hotel receipt for $130 a night, but no food expenses. Susie processes the reimbursement for $90. The employee becomes irate as his reading of the travel policy is that he can be reimbursed for $130 a night for hotel and food with a receipt. The employee claims this has never been a problem in the past and has always been reimbursed $130 a night, whether for hotel only or both hotel and food.

Discuss which ethical theory supports Susie and the employee’s take on the travel policy. Which would you choose, and why?


Question 2.

 (TCO B) An Internet company has a chance to expand its business into a developing country. This chance would make money for its shareholders, as it would be the first Internet company allowed in the country. However, the conditions demanded by the country is that the Internet company must turn over to the government the history of Internet sites visited by its citizens. Additionally, the company must censor Internet sites requested through the search engine. In the United States and other countries, the Internet company would not monitor, censor, or turn over a history of Internet sites to any government. What should the Internet company do? Use ethical theories and ethical decision-making models to back up your decision.

Question 3.

 (TCO C) Paul is quickly moving up in the accounting department of RAC Inc. It is year-end; he has just received news that the estimates of the estimated useful life and salvage values were wrong and must be changed. Of course, that changes the depreciation expense and accumulated depreciation. Paul calls his wife to explain why he will be late again. Upon the conversation, he is pondering on a comment his wife made; she said, “I’m no accountant, but after four years, you would think that the company could get done how its estimates affect expenses and those other accounts.” What might the company be doing, and what should Paul do from an ethical reasoning view?

Question 4.

 (TCO D) A young man by the name of Mr. Meeks works at an accounting firm that has a written ethics code of conduct. The code specifically outlines the duties and obligations that every employee must follow without question. One of rules states that every accountant should not lie under any circumstances. Last week, Mr. Meeks sent out a finalized tax return to Wrong Client. Wrong Client called Mr. Meeks from the card attached to the tax return and informed Mr. Meeks that he was sending the tax return back to him overnight. Meanwhile, Right Client called Mr. Meeks and wanted to know where the tax return was. Mr. Meeks told Right Client that he sent it to the wrong address, and he will send it out as soon as he received it back from Wrong Client. Right Client was irritated and called the partner of the firm. The partner scolded Mr. Meeks and wanted to know why he told the client he sent the return to the wrong address. The partner said he should have told the client that the return was in the 2nd partner review or some other excuse to cover up the mistake. Mr. Meeks explained that the ethics code of conduct specifically states that he should not lie under any circumstances, and he was just following his ethical duty. The partner grinned and told Mr. Meeks that the next time this happens, he should consult with the partner first. Using the ethical decision-making model and ethical theories, justify the positions of either the partner, Mr. Meeks, or an alternative solution.

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