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Ethics in Accounting: A Decision-Making Approach


This book provides a comprehensive, authoritative, and thought-provoking examination of the ethical issues encountered by accountants working in the industry, public practice, nonprofit service, and government. Gordon Klein’s, Ethics in Accounting: A Decision-Making Approach, helps students understand all topics commonly prescribed by state Boards of Accountancy regarding ethics literacy. Ethics in Accounting can be utilized in either a one-term or two-term course in Accounting Ethics.

A contemporary focus immerses readers in real world ethical questions with recent trending topics such as celebrity privacy, basketball point-shaving, auditor inside trading, and online dating. Woven into chapters are tax-related issues that address fraud, cheating, confidentiality, contingent fees and auditor independence. Duties arising in more commonplace roles as internal auditors, external auditors, and tax practitioners are, of course, examined as well. 

Part One Ethical Frameworks

1 Introduction to Ethics 1

2 Ethical Principles and Reasoning 16

3 The Core Philosophies 42

4 Virtue, Justice, and Social Responsibility 62

Part Two Unethical Behaviors

5 Why We Cheat 86

6 Greed, Corruption, and Collusion 112

7 Fraud and Earnings Management 132

Part Three Professional Rules of Conduct

8 Discreditable Acts: Discrimination, Deceit, and Disclosure 156

9 Confidentiality 180

10 Independence and Moral Seduction 198

11 Conflicts of Interest 226

Part Four Other Responsibilities

12 Duties as a Whistleblower 248

13 Duties of Public-Company Auditors: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act 276

14 Duties of Tax Professionals 296

15 Duties of Fiduciaries: Financial Planners, Trustees, and Executors 318

16 Duties in the Accounting Workplace (Online only)

Subject Index 339