"Ethical Issue" in Financial Accounting

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John Walker
11 April 2017

Ethics in accounting are concerned with how to make good and moral choices in regard to the preparation, presentation and disclosure of financial information. During the 1990s and 2000s, a series of financial reporting scandals brought this issue into the forefront. Knowing some of the issues presented in accounting ethics can help you ensure that you are considering some of the implications for the actions that you take with your own business.

Fraudulent Financial Reporting

Most accounting scandals over the last two decades have centered on fraudulent financial reporting.

Fraudulent financial reporting is the misstatement of the financial statements by company management. Usually, this is carried out with the intent of misleading investors and maintaining the company's share price

Misappropriation of Assets

On an individual employee level, the most common ethical issue in accounting is the misappropriation of assets. Misappropriation of assets is the use of company assets for any other purpose than company interests. Otherwise known as stealing or embezzlement, misappropriation of assets can occur at nearly any level of the company and to nearly any degree.

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