Monday, June 19, 2017

The Best Summer Activities for Long Islanders

Summer 2017 officially kicks off on Wednesday and we are super excited. The long tax season is over and we hope you have some extra property tax money set aside for fun! Here are some great things to check out in the area this Summer»

Long Island- Summer Activities

Tobay/Long Beach 
Long islanders love the beach, but sometimes Jones Beach can get a little crowded. For that reason, there are beaches that are off limits to non-residents of the Town of Hempstead or Oyster Bay. These beaches tend to have a fee associated with parking, and for Long Beach, you can buy a seasons pass if you know a resident. These beaches are much more quaint and they also have  quality food and refreshment options. Best bet for Long Island residents!
Smorgasbord 
This food festival has become a hit among millennials and young families. The festival takes place during the summer months on weekends and it features food from the best food trucks across America. Our personal favorite is the Ramen Burger. It brings you back to the Ramen college days, but with the twist of a juicy cheeseburger in between Ramen-made buns. We really can't do the taste justice on here, you'll have to check it out for yourself! 
Jones Beach Theater
The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater has been a staple of Long Island fun for over forty years now and this Summer lineup is fantastic. here are some of our favorite shows of the Summer: 
  • Dierks Bentley, June 23rd 
  • James Taylor, July 7th 
  • Lady Antebellum, July 14th 
  • Rod Stewart, July 18th 
  • Kings of Leon, August 1st 
  • Goo Goo Dolls, August 13th 
  • Jimmy Buffet, August 15th 
  • John Mayer, August 23rd 
Citi Field 
The New York Metropolitan's haven't had the season many thought they would, but it is too early to give up! We have the Summer to try and get back in the N.L East race and the Mets need your support. Every Friday throughout the Summer is a Free Shirt Friday where the first 15,000 fans receive a free shirt. Saturdays feature firework shows and Sundays are for families! There are great gifts and great times to be had at the ballpark. 

Please feel free to share your Summer photos with us on Facebook! 

When the fall rolls around, be sure to check back in with P.T.R.C. Inc. for next years tax season. We have secured MILLIONS of dollars in reductions over the years and we want you to get in on all the fun. 

If you have any questions, call 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com!



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Build a Fire Pit in Your Long Island Backyard

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

Why did you move out to the suburbs in the first place? It was for that extra space to customize and make your property as enjoyable as it possibly could be. In Nassau County especially, land is not plentiful, but we have become great at making the most out of the space we do have. You only need a small hole to make this fireplace a reality and it will really add a new element to those summer nights!
fire pit- property upgrades

What You Need 

  • Concrete Wall Stones 
  • Cap Stones
  • Sand 
  • Shovel 
  • Tape Measure 
  • Level 
  • Tamper 
  • Steel Rake

fire pit- property upgrades

Step-by-Step 

  • Fire pits usually tend to be about 40 inches in diameter. Measure this out and buy enough pavers to cover that diameter. 
  • Once you have your pavers laid out in that diameter, dig a 12-inch hole in that location and pour sand inside. Tamper the sand so that it is level in the hole. 
  • Begin laying your wall stones on top of the pavers. It is very important that you leave some cracks in between the stones so that air can breathe to and from the flames. 
  • Once you have stacked your wall stones around the perimeter, 12 inches above the hole, you are almost ready to get started! 
  • Pour another layer of sand into the pit so that it covers the first layer of wall stones.
  • Buy 4-6 Adirondack Chairs or decorative seating arrangements and place them at least a foot back from the pit. 
  • You are ready to enjoy! 
Write to us on Facebook and let us know how you're going to be celebrating Summer! We look forward to the best time of year and we are ready to get started on taxes once the Fall rolls around! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Best Ways to Spend Your Property Tax Reductions

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

Now that tax reduction season is over, our employees and management staff are taking some time to travel and enjoy themselves. This is a popular time of year to take vacations and get the summer off to a nice start, but that isn't the only way to spend tax refunds. Here are three great ways to use that extra money you received by filing with P.T.R.C. Inc

Summer Vacation | Tax Reductions


Vacations 
It's not a coincidence that tax season comes right before vacation time as our government wants to get people out and traveling. Vacations have always been a popular way to spend tax reductions and there are plenty of great places to go this year. If it was a big reduction year for you, you can splurge and go on one of these amazing vacations: 
  • Orlando, Florida 
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona 
  • Maui, Hawaii 
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 
  • Los Angeles, California
Home Improvement 
Home improvement work needs to be looked at as an investment. If you decide to add an extension or dormer, that is going to raise your taxes, but the return value on your home might be worth it. Studies from realtors show that renovating a kitchen or bathroom is the best 'bang for your buck.' You can't completely rip and re-do a bathroom for around 6-10 thousand dollars if you are a budget conscious. But realtors say that a new bathroom is most likely going to make your home sell faster and for closer to your asking price! 
College Savings
It can be hard to think of savings when you receive a tax refund check, but the best homeowners are always finding ways to save! If your friends at P.T.R.C. Inc. got you a nice little refund check this season, why not set some aside for your children's future. Ask anyone who has put kids through college and they'll tell you they wished they saved a little more early on. If you are forced to play catch up during their tenure, or if they have to accrue debt, it won't be good for their post-college financial situation. Every dollar helps! 

We aren't party planners or travel agents, but we sure can get you the most returns from your property taxes. We have been in this business for over 27 years and we have secured millions of dollars for our clients! 

If you have any questions about filing a tax grievance, call 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Last Second Reminders for the 2017 Air Show

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

The Jones Beach Air Show has been a Long Island tradition for almost 15 years now. Pilots show us their tricks and we watch in awe as these massive planes fly at speeds we can only imagine. It has become a staple of Memorial Day Weekend here on Long Island and we are excited to see what kind of show they put on. Fly on Thunderbirds»


Memorial Day Weekend- Jones Beach Air Show

Parking/ Admission Information 
  • Parking is $10 and Admission is FREE 
  • Parking lots tend to fill up around 11AM- Be early! 
  • In past years, people have been turned away because parking lots were simply overfilled. 
  • Practice Session begins today at NOON! 
Bags, Backpacks and Coolers 
Bags, backpacks, coolers and items of this nature ARE PERMITTED for this years air show. Keep in mind, they will be thoroughly searched by security and you wouldn't want to ruin a great day by pushing the limits. We would HIGHLY recommend bringing your own chair or blanket to sit on because there is very little seating at the beach. One pro tip we will offer is that less is more. Obviously you want to keep food and drink costs down, but carrying too much is also going to make movement difficult in the crowded park. A chair is a must though!
Bring Your Ear Plugs 
For younger viewers like your children, the sound of these massive jets can be overwhelming. Even some adults will bring earmuffs to at least control the sound a little bit. They won't be Sonic Booming, but if you aren't ready, they can sneak up on you.
No Pets Allowed
There will be Hornets at this year's show, but they are the only animals allowed. Not the stinging bees, but the F-14 Hornets we mean! Your pets wouldn't want to see a show like this anyway, so if they aren't medically approved, just leave them at home!

Share your photos from the event with us on our Facebook page!

If you have any questions about how you can save on property taxes next season, call P.T.R.C. Inc. at 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com   

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

4 Public Beaches to Check Out in Suffolk County

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

Long Island Activities | Suffolk County Beaches

Keep calm Long Island, Memorial Day Weekend is only a few short days away. A lot of people are going to flock to the east end this weekend, so we wanted to give you some more secluded spots to check out. Enjoy your fun in the sun-- and some clouds :(!

East Hampton Main Beach 
Ocean Ave 
East Hampton, NY 11937
  • You need a permit to access this beach, but they are cheap to acquire and it is a relatively simple process. 
  • Because of the distance to the city and relatively hidden location of this beach, it is rather secluded for a Long Island beach. You'll still won't to show up early though! 
  • Parking is right up against the beach so there will be no long hauls for you and your family. 
  • Have a great Memorial Day in East Hampton! 
Cooper's Beach 
268 Meadow Ln 
Southampton, NY 11968
  • Parking costs at Cooper's are not going to be cheap, but it is a great place to spend an entire weekend this Summer. 
  • If you're a surfer and adventurous type, the waves at Cooper's are sure to impress you. 
  • Chair rentals, umbrella rentals and fresh showers are available and a club house that provides one of the best lunches you will ever have. 
Cupsogue Beach Hut 
906 Dune Rd 
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
  • If you are a wildlife lover, sometimes the harbor seals will come here to feed and it is amazing to watch! 
  • Relatively cheap parking and good rental prices make the Beach Hut the perfect spot for all of you east enders. 
  • Food, drinks, live music and a great time are available every Summer weekend and it is a great place to go for a night out! 
Robert Moses State Park
600 Robert Moses State Pkwy
Babylon, NY 11702
  • The $10 Entrance Fee is nothing compared to the fun you are going to have at Robert Moses. 
  • It's almost smack dab in the middle of the island, which makes it more accessible for our Nassau County friends. 
  • It isn't as crowded as Jones Beach and it provides a lot of the same amenities.
  • Robert Moses officially opens on Memorial Day Weekend! 
Enjoy your holiday weekend and the beginning of your Summer! While you are enjoying some fun and the sun, remember how luck you are to live on a place like Long Island. But also remember, this lifestyle comes with a price and sometimes that price is TOO high! 

For property tax reductions on Long Island, call P.T.R.C. Inc. at 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

P.T.R.C. Inc. Talks Yankees & Mets

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

The MLB season is still only a few weeks old but we are already starting to see our hometown teams trending in different directions. Surprisingly, the New York Mets have been the more prominent team the last two seasons, but order seems to have been restored in 2017. The Yankees are one of the best teams in the MLB and the Mets can't seem to get out of their own way. Let's see if they can turn it around and give us Long Islanders another fun summer at Citi Field. Here is a brief roundup to get you caught up»

The New York Yankees 
The Yankees have had just about everything go right for them to this point in the season. They are in first place in the A.L East at 23-13 and their home record of 13-6 ties them for the most home wins in the league. They have been carried by the spectacular clutch hitting of Aaron Judge, their young yet massive right fielder. They have also seen some of their veterans turning back the clock to produce early in the season. C.C Sabathia has been brilliant and Chase Headley returned from an awful 2016 season to be one of the leaders on this very young team. Have you gotten out to see the Bronx Bombers yet this season? If not, here is their upcoming schedule»


The New York Mets 
Murphy's Law certainly applies to this years New York Mets. What can go wrong, has gone wrong and they can't seem to dig their way out of the hole. They have lost Noah Syndegaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Travis D'arnaud, Lucas Duda, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey. Asdrubal Cabrera and Seth Lugo all for a significant amount of time at one point this season. The only bright spot on the team has been young center fielder Michael Conforto who some experts said might not even make the team this season. The Mets are currently 16-22 and looking for anything to get them started again. Here is a look at their upcoming schedule» 


Take a break and enjoy yourself this weekend, tax season is over and the sun will be shining. Thank you to all of our clients and employees for making this another successful property tax reduction season!

Monday, May 15, 2017

What to Do If You Missed Out on Property Tax Reductions

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

property tax reductions| Long Island Grievance Deadline

The property tax reduction season has ended in Suffolk County and that means it is the end of yet another successful year here on Long Island. Our team is hard at work collecting and analyzing those Suffolk County grievances and we hope you all have a chance to see the results you desire. Here are some things to try if you missed out on tax reductions this year»

Sulk/ Be Mad at Yourself 
There are a variety of different ways to cope with missing out on your property taxes. Some are more acceptable than others and we strongly advise against going into a depressive state. You certainly should have listened to our MANY warnings about the grievance deadline, but there is always next year! We have been in the business for over thirty years and every season we try to get better. Whether that means bringing on new employees or researching new outlets for reductions, we will not let anything get in between us and earning the best possible reductions for our clients.
Budget Tips 
Missing out on tax reductions doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the savings. There are a variety of different ways you can save on utilities throughout the Summer. Here are just a few: 
  • Changing air filters will allow your unit to use 30% less energy during the summer months. 
  • Open windows at night ONLY to naturally lower the temperature in your home. 
  • Placing ice in front of a fan will allow for spot cooling and less air conditioner use. 
  • Brush your teeth in the shower during the Summer to save clean water. 
  • Start a family change jar and save up for a small family vacation at the end of Summer! 
Come Back Strong Next Year 
The only thing we can say to those people who missed out on property tax reductions in Nassau and Suffolk County is... better luck next year! Your property value will be reassessed and whatever that number is has an opportunity to come down with the right help. At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we are the help you need and over the years, we have been VERY successful in earning reductions here. In fact, we have secured MILLIONS of dollars for our clients and we want you to come get a piece of the pie. 

If you have any questions about the property tax reduction process on Long Island, feel free to call P.T.R.C. Inc. at 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com!