When Is Resignation Not Enough- an Ethical Dilemma

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RE: When Is Resignation Not Enough – An Ethical Dilemma

FACTS:

In 1989, Page Nolan left Smith, Jones, & Brown CPA firm to work as a controller for Anonymous Company. The main focus of her job was to keep the books for the many business units and see that income and expenses were assigned properly, while all government requirements were met. Nolan soon realized that the company was incorrectly booking consulting fees. The consulting expenses were correctly stated, to bring the profit margin down to an acceptable amount for the government projects, however since the consultant was part of the company, this revenue was incorrectly recorded as donated capital. Nolan was told not to worry about this method of accounting by the manager of this segment of the business and the head of the company. Page went to his past employer who was also the current CPA firm for the company but was brushed off by the partner she approached. Not knowing what else to do, but uncomfortable with the situation, Page Nolan resigned.

ISSUES:

1. What is illegal about Anonymous Company’s accounting method?
2. What professional standards does Page Nolan have to abide by as a CPA who is now working for a private company?
3. What steps should Page Nolan take, by law, other than resigning? What responsibilities does she have to the CPA firm, government agencies, and Anonymous Company?
4. What are the responsibilities of SJ & B CPA firm?

CONCLUSIONS:

1. Anonymous Company does a sizable amount of work with the government. Government agencies only allow companies to earn a certain percentage of profits. Anonymous Company is decreasing its percentage of profits by incorrectly recording revenues. This is illegal because it frauds the government in both taxes and in the amount of profits Anonymous Company gains from their contracts. The illegality of these actions is…...

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