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Option #1: AICPA Professional Code of Conduct.

The following scenarios might constitute a violation of the AICPA’s Code of Professional Conduct.

  1. Bill Murray, CPA, performs various management services for The Johnson Corporation including bookkeeping and preparing tax returns, but does not perform the audit function. One management service involved a needs assessment on computers and the identification of equipment to meet those needs. Murray recommended a product sold by a computer store, which has agreed to pay Murray a 12% commission if the Johnson Company purchases it.
  2. Emma Stone, CPA, was overbooked for the next few months. When a prospective client asked if Stone would conduct the next year’s audit, she declined but referred them to Brad Paisley, CPA. Brad paid Stone $3,000 for the referral.
  3. Manny Machado, CPA, signed on to perform an inventory control study for a new client, ABC Company. Once the study is complete, he recommends a new inventory control system. Currently, ABC engages another audit firm to audit its financial statements. The financial arrangement is that ABC will implement the new systems and over the next 5 years, the will pay Machado 50% of the savings in inventory costs.
  4. Justin Timberlake, CPA, has served as the auditor for the XYZ Corporation for many years. In addition, Timberlake has performed other services for the company. This year, the Chief Financial Officer has asked Timberlake to perform a major computer system evaluation.
  5. Due to the death of its CFO, an audit client had its external auditor, Jon Snow, CPA, perform the CFO’s job for two months until a replacement was hired.


Knowing the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, answer the following:

  1. For each of the five scenarios, indicate which principle or rule would be violated, or if none would be violated.
  2. State why the rule would be violated.
  3. Explain if there is a way to avoid breaking the rule by doing something different in these examples.

Your written response paper should be 3-4 pages in length. Please type your assignment in a Word document and follow APA format, according to CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Include a title page and reference page. Use two (2) outside academic sources other than the textbook, course materials, or other information provided as part of the course materials.

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