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To maximize deductions by making deductible charitable contributions every other year rather than every other year; by making one's January mortgage payment in December every other year, thus having 13 interest payments one year, 11 the next; by paying January taxes in December on alternate years--all of this is standard and is advice given by those who collect a fee for advising how to minimize your taxes. To pile Schedule A deductions into one year's return and take the standard deduction the next is pretty standard stuff.

You are not doing anything wrong. You have nothing on this count to fear from an audit. An audit is inconvenient and costs time, but it doesn't necessarily cost more money.

Best wishes, Chris
Audited x 3--never had to pay extra. Keep good records.
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