Jen Latke is an accountant for Hale’s Manufacturing Company. Hale’s has entered into an agreement to lease a piece of equipment from EZ Leasing. Jen must decide how to report the lease agreement on Hale’s financial statements. Jen has reviewed the lease contract carefully. She also has reviewed the four lease criteria specified in the accounting rules. She has been able to determine that the lease does not meet three of the criteria. However, she is concerned about the criterion that indicates that if the term of the lease is 75% or more of the life of the property, the lease should be classified as a capital lease. Jen is fully aware that Hale’s does not want to record the lease agreement as a capital lease, but prefers to show it as a type of off-balance-sheet financing. Jen’s reading of the lease contract indicates that the asset has been leased for seven years. She is unsure of the life of such assets, however, and has consulted two sources to determine it. One of them states that equipment similar to that owned by Hale’s is depreciated over nine years. The other, a trade publication of the equipment industry, indicates that equipment of this type will usually last for 12 years.
Required Use the Ethical Decision Framework in Exhibit 1-9 to complete the following requirements: 1. Recognize an ethical dilemma: What ethical dilemma(s) do you face? 2. Analyze the key elements in the situation: a. Who may benefit from the decision? Who may be harmed? b. How are they likely to benefit or be harmed? c. What rights or claims may be violated? d. What specific interests are in conflict? e. What are your responsibilities and obligations? 3. List alternatives and evaluate the impact of each on those affected: What are your options in dealing with the ethical dilemma(s) you identified in (1) above? 4. Select the best alternative: Among the alternatives, which one would you select?
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