Question #65975

1. The revenue department of a state government employs Chartered Accounts (CA) to audit corporate tax returns and Book Keepers(BK) to audit individual returns.CA s are paid $.31200 per year, while the annual salary of a bookkeeper is $18200.Given the current staff of CA s and bookkeepers , a study made by the department’s economist shows that adding one year of a CA’s time to auditing corporate returns results in an average additional tax collection of $ 52000. In contrast, an additional bookkeeper adds tax collections of $ 41600.
If the department’s objective is to maximize tax revenue collected, is the present mix of CA s and bookkeepers optimal? Explain. If the present mix of CA s and bookkeepers is not optimal, explain, what reallocation should be made. That is, should the department hire more CA s and fewer bookkeepers or vice versa?

Expert's answer

If the department’s objective is to maximize tax revenue collected, then the present mix of CA s and bookkeepers is not optimal, because the net revenue per worker is higher when an additional bookkeeper is hired $41,600 - $18,200 = $23,400 > ($52,000 - $31,200) = $20,800. As the present mix of CA s and bookkeepers is not optimal, then the company should hire more bookkeepers.

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