I've been doing my yearly taxes with no problems for the last several years. I have a salaried job and receive a W-2 every year. Combined with fairly unexciting investments, that makes filling out the Form 1040 a pretty simple matter of copying numbers from boxes on various forms to boxes on the 1040 and doing a little arithmetic.
I got married this year. My spouse makes some money from art commissions. It's not a huge amount, and it doesn't compare to my salary, but it's not nothing. I have asked my spouse to keep track of all income from art.
I intend to file jointly, unless that turns out to not be a good idea.
This is an actual job, not hobby income.
I think this means my spouse needs to fill out a 1040 Schedule C or C-EZ, and a Schedule SE, and then I use that information to complete the 1040. We live in California, which is a community property state, but it doesn't look like that will complicate things.
Does this look right? What else do I need to know to make tax time next year just as easy as it was this year?