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What happens if you are asked to do something questionable at work?

I am working at a CPA firm and so far I have been asked to sign tax returns I have not prepared or reviewed. And, I have to track down money on an invoice that technically the partner should be doing. I work as a staff accountant. Is it time to find a new job? Or, am I over-reacting? I cannot exactly leave in the middle of tax season, right?

Asked By: beingsmartisrelative - 2/21/2007
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You are ultimately responsible for your own behavior. Do not let your co workers get you into something you cannot get yourself out of. They will deny everything and leave you " holding the bag" so to speak. Watch them. They will set you out for their own selfish reasons. If you feel the need to jeopardize your job... More
Answered By: fatbabyceesay - 2/28/2007
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1) Since you are ultimately responsible, you should not be signing returns nor should the firm be asking you to do so. I would push back big time. There could be something illegal going on... More
Answered By: kramerdnewf - 2/21/2007
 
Ok - it is the middle of the tax season you I don't see the problem with your doing so work for a partner - he is probably snowed under. It shows trust in your abilities... More
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Answered By: Biz Guru - 2/21/2007
 
Any time I have ever had a boss ask me to do something that is in a grey area I ask them to put the request in writing. You can also rephrase the request. For example (in the army) I once had a boss tell me to get a certain part from another unit and to do whatever it took. His implication was pretty clear, but I... More
Answered By: baldisbeautiful - 2/21/2007
 
My suggestion is to not over-react and think there's something shady going on here. Most likely, it's pretty hectic around the office this time of year, and so they're simply asking you to help out by going beyond your normal responsibilities. And it could be a positive to you because they might feel you're capable... More
Answered By: msoexpert - 2/21/2007
 
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