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By Ronald Duska

This new version of Accounting Ethics has been comprehensively up to date to accommodate the numerous adjustments in the accounting occupation considering the fact that 2002; the authors systematically discover the recent diversity of moral concerns that experience arisen due to contemporary advancements, together with the monetary drawback of 2008. Highlights the debates over using fair-value accounting and rules- as opposed to rules-based standardsOffers a entire evaluation of ethics in accounting, in addition to an exam of and suggestions for fixing the present quandary during this fieldInvestigates the character and objective of accountingUses concrete examples and case reviews, together with present situationsExamines the moral obligations of person accountants in addition to accounting companies

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Light rays bend when they travel around the sun” can verified through informed speculation using a hypothetical deductive method. But we cannot justify or verify moral beliefs that way. Moral beliefs involve values and values can’t be seen What Is Ethics? 41 or touched; they also involve emotions, desires, and subjective preferences. That’s why many people conclude that each individual’s belief is “true” for that individual. Everyone must judge, but sometimes those judgments are correct and sometimes incorrect.

Today, it is a justifiable practice. It also used to be an accepted belief that an accounting firm fulfills the letter of the law simply by following generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Upon ethical reflection, however, does the firm have an ethical obligation to encourage more realistic financial pictures, even if it means going beyond GAAP? • A fourth and very important reason to study ethics is to understand whether and why our opinions are worth holding. Socrates philosophized that the unexamined life is not worth living.

Here, too, some might argue that this is not the accountant’s role, but rather one he or she can assume based on the accountant’s expertise. In later chapters we will examine the first three of these roles – auditing, managerial accounting, and tax accounting – along with the consequent ethical responsibilities that they create. We will also look at the role of consulting and the difficulties it brings with respect to conflict of interest and independence, Accounting and the Chief Ethical Difficulty 21 particularly for accountants or firms that are fulfilling both an auditing and consulting role for a client.

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