That would be great if someone could do that, but there are changes every year, and multiple changes through out the year. There just are way to many things that kicks a return out for audit. Basically to help prevent an audit, and to come clean through an audit; just take what ever deductions you are legally entitled to, no cheating, or stretching the truth, and back up everything you claim with proper documentations and record keeping.
I can tell you that alot of the returns kicked out for audit; are just a percentage randomly selected by the computers. Washington may tell IRS to audit X% of returns filed this year, or to concentrate heavily on certain tax deductions, such as several years ago, they concentrated heavily on the Earned Income Tax Credit, or a particular Tax Shelter, or look at all returns prepared by a particular Tax Preparer. It changes every year, and several times through out the year, and Washington mostly dictates which returns to look at. On an individual basis, your return will probably kick out for audit if you show a drastic difference in previous years returns. Its the individual actually telling the computer "HEY, look at me". ie: you`ve never claimed a deduction for a charitable contribution, and then this year you show you donated $25,000 and your taxable income was only $50,000. Or you`ve always claimed 2 dependents, and this year you`re claiming 6, anthing like that looks questionable, and the computer will kick out the return for audit. And even if it does, and you have the proper documentation and record keeping, you`ll have no problem with the audit. Sorry, I can`t tell you what you really want. There is nothing written in stone; mostly just random selections, or questionable items to be looked at for clarification and/or justification.
If you`ve never done this in the past, I recommend using one of the companies listed on the IRS web site offering the free e-filing. Everyone this year qualifies for the free e-filing, regardless of your income. You can even use their software to complete a return; and the software prompts you with all sorts of questions, to ensure you are claiming exemptions you are entitled to. Also the questions, or the forms that the questions take you to, will prompt your memory for deductible items you would not have thought of on your own. But, if ever in doubt, always consult a tax professional.
kywomanjt3/4/2009 1:31 AM