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Between the end of one month and the 15th day of the next month, the balance in the employer’s business bank account has been getting smaller and smaller. An employee prepares the next payroll and correctly computes the necessary withholding taxes. The employer is supposed to pay accumulated employment taxes on the 15th of the next month. Payday is the last day of the month. However, the employer has used the funds withheld from employees to pay some of the business’s bills. He hopes that enough of the customers who owe him money will pay their outstanding debts. If his assumption is true, the checking account will have enough in it to pay the federal deposit on the 15th of the month. Is the employer acting ethically? After all, he says he intends to have enough money in the account for the deposit. Explain your answer.

To determine

State and explain whether the action carried out by the employer is ethical or unethical.

Explanation

Payroll:

Payroll refers to the total amount that is required to be paid by the company to its employees during a week, month or other period. It is the financial record of the wages and bonus, net pay, salary and deductions of a company’s employees.

It’s the duty of the employer to pay the deposit on time in respect to whether the other bills are being paid. Both the employer’s money withheld and portion of tax that are to be paid are considered to be in due...

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