This case provides a context wherein a variety of financial accounting issues can be discussed, particularly those related to the multi-period dependence of accounting accruals. A less direct but nonetheless important issue relates to earnings management and ends up being a central theme of the case. The case focuses on three basic accounting topics?LIFO inventory reserves, the allowance for doubtful accounts, and depreciation policies and assumptions?that span the range of earnings management considerations. It was written as a capstone case for a 90-minute graduate-level introductory financial accounting course. The appropriate audience would be graduate- or undergraduate-level business students, executives, or those studying or working in financial fields. The case lends itself to team-teaching opportunities within accounting, ethics, finance, and leadership.
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