AAPL wrote: ↑Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:40 pm

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Guy's net income equals his gross income minus his deductions. By what percent did Guy's net income change on January 1, 1989, when both his gross income and his deductions increased?

1) Guy's gross income increased by 4 percent on January 1, 1989

2) Guy's deductions increased by 15 percent on January 1, 1989

OA

E

** Given: Guy's net income equals his gross income minus his deductions. **
**Target question:** **By what percent did Guy's net income change on January 1, 1989, when both his gross income and his deductions increased?**
When I SCAN the two statements, they both feel insufficient, AND I’m pretty sure I can identify some cases with conflicting answers to the

target question. So, I’m going to head straight to……

** Statements 1 and 2 combined **
Statement 1 tells us that Guy's gross income increased by 4 percent on January 1, 1989

Statement 2 tells us that Guy's deductions increased by 15 percent on January 1, 1989.

Let's examine two possible cases:

Case a: Guy's gross income WAS $200 and his deductions WERE $100.

So, his PREVIOUS net income = $200 - $100 =

$100
AFTER the increases, Guy's gross income is $208 and his deductions are $115.

So, his CURRENT net income = $208 - $115 =

$93
Guy's net income went from

$100 to

$93, which represents a

7% DECREASE in net income
Case b: Guy's gross income WAS $1000 and his deductions WERE $20.

So, his PREVIOUS net income = $1000 - $20 =

$980
AFTER the increases, Guy's gross income is $1040 and his deductions are $23

So, his CURRENT net income = $1040 - $23 =

$1017
Guy's net income went from

$980 to

$1017, which represents

some INCREASE in net income
Since we cannot answer the

target question with certainty, the combined statements are NOT SUFFICIENT

Answer: E