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Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78350-445-9

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Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting
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ISBN: 978-0-76231-393-8

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This research note investigates the relationship between the constructs of professional skepticism and client advocacy as they relate to accountants’ roles as auditors and tax professionals. Although Pinsker, Pennington, and Schafer (2009) implicitly treat advocacy and professional skepticism as opposing constructs, the purpose of this research note is to explicitly examine whether an accounting professional can be both a professional skeptic and a client advocate. Two hundred and six experienced accounting professionals with a mixture of accounting and tax backgrounds responded to a client advocacy scale (Pinsker et al., 2009) and a professional skepticism scale (Hurtt, 2010). Results indicate that while tax professionals have higher levels of client advocacy than auditors, both groups have similar levels of professional skepticism. Moreover, no correlation emerges between participants’ responses to the advocacy and the full professional skepticism scale or five of its six sub-scales. These results provide evidence that client advocacy is a separate and distinct construct from professional skepticism. These findings have implications for behavioral accounting researchers by demonstrating that these two constructs are not related; thus, it is important to separately measure client advocacy and professional skepticism when they are relevant to a research question.

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Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78350-445-9

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Manuscripts should be forwarded to the editor, Donna Bobek Schmitt, at DBobek@bus.ucf.edu via e-mail. All text, tables, and figures should be incorporated into a Word…

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Manuscripts should be forwarded to the editor, Donna Bobek Schmitt, at DBobek@bus.ucf.edu via e-mail. All text, tables, and figures should be incorporated into a Word document prior to submission. The manuscript should also include a title page containing the name and address of all authors and a concise abstract. Also, include a separate Word document with any experimental materials or survey instruments. If you are unable to submit electronically, please forward the manuscript along with the experimental materials to the following address:

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Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-758-1

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Manuscripts should be forwarded to the editor, Donna Bobek, at DBobek@bus.ucf.edu via e-mail. All text, tables, and figures should be incorporated into a Word document…

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Manuscripts should be forwarded to the editor, Donna Bobek, at DBobek@bus.ucf.edu via e-mail. All text, tables, and figures should be incorporated into a Word document prior to submission. The manuscript should also include a title page containing the name and address of all authors and a concise abstract. Also, include a separate Word document with any experimental materials or survey instruments. If you are unable to submit electronically, please forward the manuscript along with the experimental materials to the following address:

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Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-086-5

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Donna D. Bobek, Amy M. Hageman and Charles F. Kelliher

In this study, we develop reliable scales for measuring taxpayers' social norms toward tax compliance and explore the effect of social desirability bias and several…

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In this study, we develop reliable scales for measuring taxpayers' social norms toward tax compliance and explore the effect of social desirability bias and several methodological issues that may affect behavioral tax and accounting studies. This study provides theoretical specificity to a potentially “decisive” (Alm & McKee, 1998) influence on tax compliance by drawing on Cialdini and Trost's (1998) taxonomy of social norms in developing our scale items. We describe in detail the methods that we used to develop these scales. On the basis of the responses of 218 experienced taxpayers, our results identify four separate social norm dimensions that correspond with the four social norm constructs identified by Cialdini and Trost. We also consider the effect of social desirability bias and find that these effects are mild for experienced taxpayers and are not directly related to compliance intentions. Finally, we also manipulate both the order of the items presented in the experiment and the form (online or paper-based) of the experimental instrument. While order and form effects do not interfere with the interpretation of the influence of social norms on tax compliance, we do find a significant presentation order effect driven by the paper condition, which suggests that online data collection may be preferable to uncontrolled paper and pencil administration.

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Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-086-5

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Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-758-1

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Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-086-5

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Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research
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