New Wave Images is a graphics design firm that prepares its financial statements using a calendar…

New Wave Images is a graphics design firm that prepares its financial statements using
a calendar year. Manny Kinn, the company treasurer and vice president of finance, has
prepared a classified balance sheet as of December 31. In January, this balance sheet will
be submitted along with an application for a loan from First Peoples Community Bank.
An excerpt from the balance sheet follows:
Cash $ 25,000
Accounts receivable 85,000
Total assets $250,000
The accounts receivable balance includes a $56,000 loan to Tom Morrow, the company
president. Tom borrowed the money from New Wave 18 months earlier for a down payment on a
new home. Tom has orally assured Manny that he will pay off the loan within
the next year. Because Tom is the company president, Manny treats the amount due as
part of its normal accounts receivable. In addition, Manny knows that the bank will consider a large
balance in accounts receivable more favorably than a large personal loan to
a single individual. Manny reported the $56,000 in the same manner on the preceding
year’s balance sheet.
Required:
a. Is Manny behaving ethically by reporting the loan to Tom as a trade account
receivable? Why or why not?
b. Who will be affected by Manny’s decision?

 

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