Question: Firm B wants to hire Mrs X to manage its

Firm B wants to hire Mrs. X to manage its advertising department. The firm offered Mrs. X a three-year employment contract under which it will pay her an \$80,000 annual salary in years 0, 1, and 2. Mrs. X projects that her salary will be taxed at a 25 percent rate in year 0 and a 40 percent rate in years 1 and 2. Firm B’s tax rate for the three-year period is 34 percent.
a. Assuming an 8 percent discount rate for both Firm B and Mrs. X, compute the NPV of Mrs. X’s after-tax cash flow from the employment contract and Firm B’s after-tax cost of the employment contract.
b. To reduce her tax cost, Mrs. X requests that the salary payment for year 0 be increased to \$140,000 and the salary payments for years 1 and 2 be reduced to \$50,000. How would this revision in the timing of the payments change your NPV computation for both parties?
c. Firm B responds to Mrs. X’s request with a counterproposal. It will pay her \$140,000 in year 0 but only \$45,000 in years 1 and 2. Compute the NPV of Firm B’s after-tax cost under this proposal. From the firm’s perspective, is this proposal superior to its original offer (\$80,000 annually for three years)?
d. Should Mrs. X accept the original offer or the counterproposal? Support your conclusion with a comparison of the NPV of each offer.

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