A family member who will need to do a tax return for the financial year just gone, with about $20000 income and obviously with expenses. Clueless about this myself, being a full PAYE person.
Is it best muddling through yourself for that relatively small income, or getting an accountant to do it. Any recommendations for North Shore?
They could try filling in the online return to see how they go. Just don't hit the submit button or whatever it's labelled at the end. You can save the results, leave the page and come back later when you remember things like extra expenses or have to go away and do something so it's convenient. The online version also pretty much does the math for you so you can see if it matches up with your own spreadsheet or hand calculated results.
There are useful ird calculators online that do the depreciation calculations on assets for you if you need that. Ird also has a lot of info online on what you can claim like home office space etc. Also if you call the ird they will help. If you do get an unhelpful person, ring back and get a new person. Most of my experiences calling were good.