Payroll System and Internal Control Custom Essay

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Assessment Task
This assessment is based on the following case:
Knapp, MC 2011, Contemporary Auditing: Real Issues and Cases, 8 edn, South-Western, The Trolley Dodgers Case, pp. 213-214.

You can read this case in Course Resources Online. A link to this will be provided in the assessment section of the Moodle site.
Ignore all questions set by the case writer. Answer only the questions below.

1. It is discussed in your textbook, Romney and Steinbart (2009), that employee fraud has a number of characteristics. Identify and explain the characteristics of employee fraud indicated in this case. Support your arguments by referring to two academic journal articles.
2. Explain the internal control weaknesses that were evident in the Dodgers’ payroll system. Demonstrate your arguments by explaining how the Dodgers failed to achieve certain internal control objectives in relation to the Payroll cycle.
3. Critically evaluate the internal control problems with the Dodgers’ payroll system in view of the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations’ (COSO) internal control framework. Also explain which control procedures you would suggest to reduce the internal control problems raised in this case study.
(i) Your answers to the above requirements are to be presented in a report consisting of 2,000 words (approximately).
(ii) Your report is required to have an executive summary, responses to the individual requirements listed above, conclusion (a summary of your findings and opinion), appropriate in-text references and a reference list. Marks will be awarded for presentation so check your grammar and punctuation before submission. Please see Assessment Marking Criteria below for details of how marks will be allocated.

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