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Accounting 525

Week 1

Graded Discussions: This class will generate many interesting discussions. Participate as much as you can, but at least on three separate days per week. Feel free to share personal experiences. Post recent articles and tell us about them. Let’s have fun with the discussions!

I wanted to make sure you are aware of Keller’s policy on Academic Integrity violations. For the student’s first offense, the penalty for an Academic Integrity violation in a graduate course is a zero for the course (not just for the assignment, quiz or exam).  Some tips to help you when completing Case Study, and discussions:  “Over cite” is best rather than not citing at all! Follow the 80/20 Rule when writing – 80% your contribution/20% from outside sources. 


This week we are working with TCO – A –  Given the current topics being reported in accounting, trace the history of accounting and the accounting profession that has led to many of today’s current accounting issues including past accounting scandals and the resulting legislation.

It gets very difficult to trace transaction when management is trying to hide something.  IRS use indirect method emplifies the pros and cons of technique that can prove fraud as well as invade tax payer privacy.  In the plus column, indirect methods have been used in the successful prosecution of a significant number of criminal tax fraud cases.

Do you think the Sarbanes-Oxley Act would have been effective if it had been enacted in the 1980s? Why or why not?



1) Choose one of the 11 titles in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and describe it. Do you believe this section is an effective deterrent to an accounting scandal? Why or why not?

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