Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Local May Events - This Weekend


We may have had some unfavorable temperatures lately. However, we are closer to Summer!




Let’s plan something this weekend! Here are some local events happening this up and coming week.

9th Annual Montauk Music Festival

A multi-day music festival is celebrating talented up and coming independent artists.
From Alt rock, folk, rap, pop, reggae, blues, jazz, bluegrass, everything is here!
Learn more info about the event at www.montaukmusicalfestival.com
This event starts May 17th and wraps up May 20th.

Creatures of the Night

Visit Sweetbriar to see some nocturnal animals and get ready to go on an adventure in the dark. You’ll have a hoot! Bring a flashlight just in case. The event is
Friday, May 18th. Recommended for families with children 7 and up.
$10 a person. More info at http://sweetbriarnc.org/  

Endangered Species Day

At the Sagamore Hill National Historic site, you’ll have the opportunity to
 see their current engaged species! The event is free. More info about

Winery Tours

Visit the Pindar Vineyards for a behind-the-scenes look at their process of winemaking.
View the facility, production, and get a chance of tasting five wines for $20 a person.
Reservations required for the tasting, payment is at the time of booking. Their tours end on May 19.
Learn more here: https://www.pindar.net/

We hope you get a shot at enjoying something fun this weekend! Have a great rest of your week

 Long Island! Thank you Discovering Long Island for the ideas of things to do this weekend! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Can I File Even If I’ve Missed The Deadline?

It's that time of year when things are coming to a close for us. We do see online people wondering about filing beyond the deadline. 



You wanted to know if you could file a property tax grievance after the Nassau County April 2nd or the Suffolk County May 15th deadline passes?

Once this deadline has passed, a grievance cannot be filed for that tax period. 


You must wait until the following grievance period to file again for the subsequent tax year.

If you run into the issue of my property tax grievance from last year is still not determined.


Then yes, you will have to reapply. You only have a once a year opportunity to file a tax grievance. Once a tax year’s tax grievance deadline passes, there is no recourse to file for that year.

Be sure that you are filing a tax grievance each year, this will ensure that you will not miss an opportunity for a property tax reduction. Set a reminder to contact PTRC ahead of schedule. 

Remember, The grievance process is a long one. It could take 18 months from beginning to end. However, regardless of when your case is settled, the results will always be retroactive to the beginning of the tax year for which you filed your property tax grievance.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

What Does Filing a Grievance Mean?

Understanding Before Filing a Grievance

A tax grievance is when a homeowner is disputing a claim that an assessor has made. When it comes to taxes and defining assessments, there is a lot that many do not know or understand. When it comes to a tax bill, the word assessment confuses people to where they can make mistakes if they are not working with a professional because there are several different terms that come with that one word.

Why are assessments being mentioned when trying to file for grievances? Because understanding your financial assets, how they work for you and what you need to understand if you need to shift your perspective.

This can create significant confusion when determining what is needed and what is expected. Estimates can be made, but they can also be disputed without any trouble. Several issues can arise sometimes and the moves that are made by assessors can lag when dealing with the real estate market. Also, when filing for a grievance be sure to understand how your tax bracket comes into play.

Here is what you need to understand when filing for a grievance; what it means and how to do it.


Beginning the process


At the first tier of filing for a grievance, a complaint is filed with the local assessment department in your state. This is called an “administrative review”. This means that the homeowner is making a complaint about the assessment being at a higher value percentage on the market value spectrum than what is allowed by the law.

The assessor of the property will then review the evidence that has been provided by the homeowner, which could later result in a in-person negotiation meeting before a proper decision can be made.

Upon the second tier of filing for a grievance will be if the assessor’s has made a decision resulting in unsatisfactory evidence presented, the homeowner can file a petition with the Small Claims Court for a review of the decision. This is considered a lawsuit against the assessment determined and will require a small fee in order to be heard by the Small Claims Court.

The assessor and the homeowner will provide reasonable proof about the decision made and the courts will review the evidence and make the final decision. Once this step is complete, a grievance has been filed and a permanent decision has been made by the courts.

Keep in mind, May 15th, 2018 is the deadline to file a grievance in Suffolk county.

P.T.R.C. Inc. specializes in long island residential property tax reductions.  Since 1990, P.T.R.C. Inc. has successfully handled over 260,000 assessment challenges.  We have secured millions of dollars in reductions and refunds for our clients.  We aim to be the best in the business!

Let P.T.R.C. Inc. Help Lower Your Property Taxes!

 (516) 484-0654 http://www.ptrc.com/


Friday, April 20, 2018

How Property Tax is Calculated



Want the low-down on how Property Tax is calculated? Here it goes… 




Property tax is tax based on the value of real property, such as counties, towns, villages, schools, road and other services for home owners. Your property tax is determined from your county and the jurisdictions in each county itself. Many people often wonder how to calculate your property tax and how it all works out.

Here are the steps of how it is calculated.
  • Taxing jurisdiction ( school district, municipality, county, special district,)
  • Taxing jurisdiction determines revenue from all sources other than the property tax( state aid, sales tax, user fees)
  • Revenues are subtracted from the budget and the remainder becomes the lax levy. The tax levy is the amount of the tax levy that is raised through the property tax.
  • To determine the tax rate, the taxing jurisdiction divides the lax levy by the total assessed value of all the property in the jurisdiction.
  • Because tax rates are generally expressed as “per $1,000” of taxable assessed value” the product is multiplied by 1,000.
Looking over your property taxes and knowing how they are calculated is always beneficial for managing your finances. 

Do you think you are paying too much in property taxes? Contact Property Tax Reduction Consultants today! We have helped tens of thousands of homeowners just like you save money, and get back millions of dollars in refunds from the towns, for overpaid property taxes. Our mission is to ensure you pay the lowest amount of taxes required by law.

For more information about Property Tax Reduction Consultants, visit PTRC.com, or check out our Facebook Page, linked HERE

Monday, April 16, 2018

Suffolk County Grievance Deadline, It's Approaching!

Suffolk County Grievance Deadline



Have you filed your Suffolk County grievance yet?  It’s not too late!  Suffolk County property owners have until May 15th 2018 to file a grievance with the town to lower their property taxes. 


At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, saving you money is our priority.  There is no fee to be qualified and if we determine that you are paying your fair share of property taxes, there is no cost to you.  We have helped over 150,000 clients save millions of dollars in property taxes. 


With the latest data, technology, strategy and negotiation skills we work to make the process of reducing your property taxes simple.


If you think that you are overpaying on your taxes, call us at  (516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654 to contact our office. We will do all of the paperwork and make any necessary appearances on your behalf.  Simply apply by mail, fax, email, or online to reduce your property taxes this year.

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
www.PTRC.com





Tuesday, April 3, 2018

1st Time Property Tax Griever in Suffolk County? We Can Help!

If this is your first time ever being a property tax griever, don't worry, we've got you covered. 




This blog is for those in Suffolk County. If you're in Suffolk County, you've got until MAY 15th to get this completed. Do not wait! 

Here are steps you can take to get underway with filing. 


Step 1: You file a grievance on our website! 

Step 2: We take your appeal to the Board of Assessment Review in Suffolk.

Step 3: If we're denied here, we will take your case to the Small Claims Assessment Review where we have been extremely successful. 

Step 4: We will handle all of the details during the review process so you can sit back and relax. But we must warn you, this is not an overnight process which is why you NEED to file now! 

Step 5: You will receive your reduction in the form of an adjusted tax bill or in a refund check. Sometimes they will even do a little bit of both. But regardless, these taxes need to be tackled! 

We have been helping clients in the Long Island area for over 27 years and during that time we have secured MILLIONS of dollars in reductions. Our experience and our relationships in the industry make us the can't miss service for the tax season. And wait, we haven't even told you the best part yet... 

We ONLY get paid if you receive a reduction. If you are denied for whatever reason, there will be no fee or obligation attached to you. What this also does is it ensures that our team is going to work their absolute hardest throughout the process to get you the best reduction possible. If they don't, nobody saves and nobody gets paid. 

Tackling your tax reductions is just like tackling Mr. Julio Jones. Sometimes you need some help! We have been helping clients in Nassau and Suffolk County for over a quarter-century and we are not stopping anytime soon. The deadline to file is only ONE month away and we don't want you to fall behind. 

Contact us today if you have any questions. 
Property Tax Reduction Consultants
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654 |  info@ptrc.com

Monday, March 26, 2018

Long Island Residents: There is Still Time to File for Grievance!

Nassau County Residents, the grievance deadline of April 2nd is almost here! 



There are only 5 days remaining to file for grievance for the tax year!

Our staff at Property Tax Reduction Consultants is dedicated to assuring our clients pay the lowest possible property tax!CLICK HERE to obtain your application and begin the grievance process today! Hurry up though, only 5 days remain!

If you have any que
stions about the grievance process, please call us at any time at 516-484-0654, we would be happy to assist you.

For more information on PTRC and the grievance process, please visit us on the web at www.ptrc.com!

For those in Suffolk County, do not wait either. May 15th, 2018 is the deadline. 



Monday, March 19, 2018

Places to Visit During Spring in Long Island


While visiting Long Island can be delightful all year long, it is especially terrific during the spring. The mild temperatures and warm air invite people to spend time indoors and outdoors. 

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay


There were two president Roosevelts. The first was Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt was brought up in Manhattan but summered in Long Island. Enchanted with the island, he bought a home of his own in his twenties. Today, Sagamore Hill welcomes visitors all year long. People can see where Roosevelt raised a family of six with his second wife. The gorgeous grounds are perfect on a spring day.

Old Westbury Gardens 


Spring is a time for flowers and gardens. Long Island is home to some of the finest along the eastern seaboard. Head to Old Westbury for a mansion surrounded by two hundred acres. You'll find ponds, lakes and plenty of places to take a shady walk and see local flora in full bloom. Guided tours will show you dozens of charming spaces.


Long Island Children's Museum


If your kids are off for spring break, bring them here on a rainy day. This Garden City museum has lots of things that kids can see and learn about. Fourteen interactive exhibits encourage exploration of the natural world and creative play as well as fun family time. There's also a live theater that encourages kids to participate in plays geared to their age group. Free parking makes it easy to get there and home.

Montauk Point Lighthouse


Perched at the very tip of the island, Montauk is place for summer crowds heading for a fashionable beach resort. It also makes a great spring day trip. The lighthouse is an ideal option for a warm spring day of fun. This is the oldest lighthouse in New York state. There's a museum on the grounds that brings the past history of the area to life again. Guided tours take people into each corner of the lighthouse and up the stairs. Take a climb to the top. When you get there, marvel at views that stretch across three states. The off season means you'll have less company so can enjoy the entire place even more.



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Long Island


We all know that the Irish people have a strong heritage and a great influence on American culture. They have given America great things. However, one of the greatest things that the Irish people gave to America is the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 



So, if you like to wear green, find lucky clovers or go looking for a leprechaun’s gold at the end of a rainbow; then St. Patrick’s Day is the time for you. This is an old tradition that pays tribute to Ireland’s former St. Patrick. In case you didn’t know he was a saintly man who brought the Christian faith to the Irish people during the 5th century A.D.

The Long Island area of New York city has the nation’s 9th largest Irish community. When St. Patrick’s Day comes around the people here put on a grand performance and celebration. Let’s take a look at some of the best events and places for your family and you to visit during this festive occasion.

1. Parades, Parades and More Parades 


There are over 15 different parades that take place throughout the week - leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Each section of the Long Island area has a parade on different dates before March 17. The official St. Patrick’s Day parade is the culmination of these minor processions.

2. Eat, Drink and be Irish 


You can eat your favorite Irish dishes at places such as Paddy's Loft in Massapequa, Rachel’s Waterside Grill and the Library CafĂ© in Farmingdale. St. Patrick’s Day is also known for its green beer and there are plenty of pubs that provide this famous green colored alcoholic beverage on St. Paddy’s Day.

Lily Flanagan's Pub in Babylon; Stinger's Irish Pub in Rockville Centre and the Oyster Bay Brewing Company in the Oyster Bay area also provide some of refreshing brews during this fun time of the year. Finnegan’s Restaurant & Tap Room in the Huntington area is considered one of the best places to visit for beer during St. Patrick’s Day.


3. St. Patrick’s Day Fairs and Festivals 


On March 11, 2018 the 20th Annual Irish Experience festival will be presented in Long Island at the Hofstra University. This event is for the family and kids. East Wind, Long Island is the destination for the 2018 I Love Chocolate Fest. This festival takes place on the 17th and 18th of March. There are plenty of other local celebrations, fund raising events and community events in the Long Island area that you can attend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.



Have a fun and safe holiday over the weekend. Use ride share services if you've had too much during celebration!  Happy St. Patrick's Day from PTRC. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

The P.T.R.C. Inc. Grievance Process

Deadlines are coming up in case you missed it:

Nassau County filing deadline has been extended to April 2nd, 2018. 

Suffolk County deadline is May 15th, 2018.



Here is a step by step guide of the grievance process at PTRC.  If you are confused by any of the steps or need to book an appointment, please reach out to us today.

Step 1 - Submit your signed application.

Step 2- Receive confirmation from P.T.R.C. Inc. that we received your application within the deadline and you’re eligible to file the grievance application.

Step 3 – P.T.R.C. Inc. will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) in Suffolk County, or the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) in Nassau County.

Step 4 – Based on the decision rendered by the ARC or BAR, P.T.R.C. Inc. will either accept the reduction or we will proceed to Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR).

Step 5 – SCAR is the only way to obtain a reduction if denied at the board level. We have proven extremely successful here! A $30 court filing fee is required for SCAR to purchase an index number which guarantees your case to be heard.

Step 6 – P.T.R.C. Inc. will purchase the index number and complete all necessary paperwork on your behalf. Once your appeal is filed it is up to Supreme Court to schedule a hearing (This can take up to several months because of the numerous SCAR appeals being filed).

Step 7 – We will prepare all the necessary documentation including a Comparable Market Analysis to be used in the appeal process.

Step 8 - We will appear on your behalf and present all the needed evidence to succeed.

Step 9 – Once successful, depending on the municipality and your hearing date a reduction granted can be reflected/adjusted in a number of ways. Such as, the reduction can be reflected on your tax bills in which case you would pay your taxes based on the lowered assessed value and thus no refund will be due you. Another method would be that a refund check can be issued for any overpayment of taxes as a result of the reduction. An additional method can be that a partial adjustment in your assessed value and a partial refund can be issued. A number of factors can influence the method in which the different municipalities reflect/adjust your property tax bill each municipality and reduction can be unique.

Step 10 – Send in your application for the next year to try and continue to reduce your property taxes.

To learn more, contact us today  (516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654 | info@ptrc.com

Monday, February 26, 2018

Who and What is PeerPals.org?

You may have seen us promote and speak about PeerPals.org in our social media posts. Who are they? What are they up to? Let's highlight who they are in today's blog. 


PeerPals.org matches children with disabilities with children who are on track for typical cognitive development for play dates. PeerPals.org is a501(c)(3) charity that charges nothing to any of it's participants. They rely only on the funding of donations from the community to run.

Because of their disability, they may look or act differently than other kids in class and this can create large obstacles in making friends. The way this program is designed,  kids with disabilities will have the chance to communicate and interact with children who may not be exactly like them and vice versa.

This gives the chance for children without disabilities learn to develop empathy, creating a model peer to have in school. Play dates are guided and run in fun and safely monitored environments.

The overall idea is to promote a better elementary school experience. PeerPals.org says, "When I talk with adults with disabilities they all seem to share a similar story about when they were in elementary school…that they had never been invited to a birthday party or on a play date.  As the mother of three children, each of whom was diagnosed with autism by the age of two, this broke my heart.  I didn’t want this future for my own children or anyone else’s child."

If you feel this is an organization you would like to your child to participate in, disability or not, there is an application process you can learn more about on Peer Pals' site here: http://www.peerpals.org/page/signup

PeerPals is also actively looking for special education teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, aba teachers, and regular education teachers to volunteer. If you feel this might fit your calling, check out how to volunteer here: https://secure.peerpals.org/pages/volunteers

Keep in Mind, Sean Acosta is being honored as their Community Champion!  Learn more about this evening event here: https://secure.peerpals.org/page/contribute/2018PlantingSeedsofCommunityTickets 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Why are Property Taxes a Thing? What do they do?


Understanding Property Taxes
Property taxes are often not a favorite subject for people to discuss. In fact, most people who pay property taxes believe they are paying taxes that are way too high for the services they are receiving. In general, property taxes are based on the value of property you own. This is true for people who own real estate, vehicles and business property.

But in addition to how they come up with tax amounts many people are unaware of exactly what services they get from paying their taxes. It is important for you to understand what your taxes are based on and what your taxes pay for within your government. Basically, property taxes pay for a town to operate. They pay for schools, parks, government officials, road maintenance and first responders.

How Municipalities Create Their Tax Base


The first step for a municipality is coming up with a list of property value amounts within their district for real estate, vehicles and business property. Then, a town or city taxable rate is created by coming up with a budget of town wide expenses. From this, the municipal government creates a mill rate for real estate property and a tax rate for vehicles and business property to pay for the municipal budgeted amounts needed during a set period of time. These tax rates are equivalent to creating a percentage of value needed on these properties to pay for the governmental services to operate the community.

Property Valuation

In addition to understanding what your taxes pay for, it equally important to understand what things you own gets taxed and how they come up with the value of your property. Property taxes are assessed only on the things you own substantial value that fits into the category of real estate, vehicles or business equipment. Only these items are taxable, personal property, furniture and jewels etc. are not taxable.

Each taxable property is placed in a list by the town tax department and are valued by a town or city assessment office. The real estate of a town is compiled and put into a list called the Grand List. The motor vehicle list and business equipment lists are separate from the Grand List.

Once the lists are made, the tax department obtains values on each property owned. This is done by having value placed on the property by assessors who are educated in the field of property valuations and know how to assess values of property. The basic premise is that you are only taxed based on the value of what you own. This applies to real estate, vehicles and business equipment. 

Once your property is given a value, that value amount is then multiplied by the town’s mill rates and tax rates. This is what creates the amount you pay in taxes each year. The area that is often up to debate within this taxation system is the valued amount of property. This is the area that property owners often dispute in order to lower their taxes.

Contact us today if you have any questions. Don't forget, 

Nassau County filing deadline has been extended to April 2nd, 2018.
Suffolk County deadline is May 15th, 2018.




Friday, February 16, 2018

Which Types of Property Tax Relief are Available to Taxpayers?


To reduce the homeowners' property tax burden, there are various property tax relief programs available in every state. Of course, certain criteria must be met to qualify for the various property tax relief programs. 


For New York, the following property tax relief programs are available:


  • Property tax relief credit- to qualify, you must reside in a school district complying with their state property tax cap, have income less or equal to $275,000, have paid the 2017 school property taxes, and have received the Enhanced STAR or Basic STAR credit or exemption.

  • Basic STAR recipients- recipients who are eligible for this credit will gain a Basic STAR savings' percentage according to income. Also, there are credit limitations. 

  • New York City enhanced real property tax credit- this is for households with a gross income lower than $200,000. Also, you must have resided in the same residence of New York City for at least six months, must be a resident of New York City for an entire tax year, can't be claimed as a taxpayer's dependent on his/her federal income tax return, had a residence not completely exempted by real property taxes, and meet other conditions as a renter or homeowner. The Form NYC-208 has more details about this tax credit. 

  • Property tax exemptions- besides the STAR program, other common property tax exemptions for New York include the senior citizens exemption, veterans' exemption, exemption for persons with disabilities, and exemptions for agricultural properties. There are a lot more property tax exemptions than these mentioned. 


The following are other property tax relief programs which apply to every state, including New York:


  • Homestead exemption- property taxes are reduced on normally a principal residence through excluding a part of the property value from taxes. 

  • Circuit breaker programs- contracting with traditional homestead exemption through a variable, such as property value or household income, the eligible resident is someone who's property tax exceeds a certain level of his/her income. 

  • Expenditure limit- a ceiling is placed on how much the local government can generate in revenue. 

  • A Limit on the assessed value/the tax rate- is set in place when the value/tax rate is increased in a given year.

If you have any questions, please contact us today:  (516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654 |  info@ptrc.com


Monday, February 5, 2018

Places to Visit During President’s Day Weekend

Lower East Side, the Hidden Gem of New York

President's Day is coming up and families love to travel. One thing a family can do is incorporate history in their trip. If you are going to travel or stay local, maybe think of historic places near New York City. When people visit New York City, they think of Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street and maybe ethnic neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little Italy. 

However, one of the most overlooked districts of Manhattan is the ‘Lower East Side,’ known affectionally by locals as L.E.S. This old neighborhood is steep in culture and history, and a visit will reward you with unexpected discoveries, excitement, and knowledge for you and your family. Such a learning experience of our history is so close by.

Getting to LES is easy. Just take the F.M.J or Z trains and get off at Delancey and Essex. When you walk up the stairs you will be at the heart of LES. Here are a few ‘must go’ and ‘must do’ things when you visit LES.

1. The Tenement Museum 


If you have kids, then a tour of this restored tenement building is a must. It will make them appreciate the hardships our forefathers endured to live their dreams. They will be shocked by the squalor conditions where thousands of people were crammed into without running water or basic toilet facilities.

2. Katz’s Delicatessen


This 24/7 jam-packed Jewish deli opened for business back in 1888. During WW II the male owners all served in the armed forces. The family left behind began the popular tradition and slogan “Send A Salami To Your Boy In The Army.”

Katz’s achieved Hollywood fame when the comedy hit ‘When Harry met Sally' was filmed there. None English speaking movie fans will never forget that deli scene. Waves of Asian tourist still come to Katz and order NYC's biggest and meanest Pastrami sandwich that Sally had.

3. Economy Candy 


'Economy' is not a candy store as much as a library for candies. If you can not find a particular brand of candy, then the country probably does not exist. Russian chocolates are not well known, but it is delicious and make wonderful treats.

4. Bialystoker Synagogue 


Construction for this synagogue began in 1826 by Russian Jews that is present-day Poland. This historic site is significant to both Jews and American blacks. In the early days of the civil rights struggle, it was a rest stop for the Underground Railroad movement. Runaway African slaves from the South found sanctuary in the attic of Bialystoker Synagogue.

5. Mr. Purple / Hotel Indigo (180 Orchid St)


Mr. purple is the penthouse restaurant-bar on top of the boutique Hotel Indigo. It represents the new chic in LES. It has excellent views and a vibrant feel. Just beware, on weekend nights Mr. Purple will be jam-packed with young cruisers looking for quick hookups.

6. Freeman’s 

You will definitely impress your guest as a seasoned explorer when you take them to Freeman’s, a hidden gem in one of New York City's secret streets.

The walk down the graffiti-filled Freeman Alley is a trip in itself. At the end of the alley is Freeman’s, a very cool restaurant with delicious foods that is just as amazing.

A visit to Lower Eastside would make an excellent weekend destination during Presidents Day, for a whole family or just a single adult, for a day for the entire weekend. 


We hope one or two of these locations sparks your interest. Either yourself or you and your family will benefit taking a trip to one of these historic and local locations. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Great Places For Winter Fun In Long Island

For people who love the snow and live in and around Long Island, there are some great spots to enjoy fun in the snow throughout the island. 



While Long Island is not noted for heavy amounts of snow as other parts of the state are, the area is prone to a consistent regular snowfall each winter allowing people the opportunity to find great spots to sled, learn to snow board and even cross-country ski if there is enough snow.

While many people can readily build a snowman or a snow fort in their own yard in Long Island, finding a great spot for sledding, snow-boarding or cross-country skiing requires finding a great park with a good hill and some trails through the woods for cross country skiing.

Great Long Island Winter Fun Parks

Newbridge Road Park is one of the areas great parks because it has a hill that boasts to be about two stories high and a fifty-foot-long sled slope that is perfect for avid sledders to enjoy the snow. Additionally, there is a skating rink across the way for those who want a little indoor winter fun.

Eisenhower Park is another great winter park for families to enjoy snow. While not a steep declining hill like Newbridge Park, Eisenhower is in many ways a perfect spot for winter fun without worries of safety for younger sledders. It is almost designed for families with younger kids who want a gentler slope to navigate and a large area to sled in. This is a great park for cross country skiing as well with trails throughout.

Herman Griem Park which is located in Wheately Heights is a good spot for both families with younger kids and those sledders who want a little challenge. It features two hills for sledding enthusiasts. The hill on the right side is shorter but steeper which gives older riders a bit of an adrenaline rush. The second hill to left is not as drastic a decline on the hill which is great for a nice safe steady run down the hill. The park can easily handle over 100 people and their sleds so it is a pretty safe bet as a place to find an open lane for sledding.

Bethpage State Park is a good park that offers both sledding for the family and miles of great trails for cross country skiing buffs. The park is a world class golf course in the warm seasons so the slopes are well maintained underneath for a gentle sledding experience which is perfect for family fun with kids.


While there are no snow-boarding or downhill skiing official locations in Long Island, there are places good locations to begin to learn the sport in Long Island. Certainly, on any of the smaller sledding slopes mentioned here and in other spots throughout Long Island snowboarders in training can get some good time learning the sport before officially goring to a more advanced snowboarding location. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Why NOW is the Time to File a Grievance

An inaccurate property tax assessment can cost property owners thousands of dollars a year in unnecessary tax payments. If you realize that your property tax bill is too high, it is important to take action right away. The longer you wait, the more money you will be forced to pay out unnecessarily and the more difficult it will be to have the error corrected. If you believe you are being charged too much in property taxes, you should begin doing research to prove it and making preparations to have the state county, or local government lower it. You can also call Property Tax Reduction Consultants.

A Complex Process

Proving your property taxes are too high can be a complex process. It requires gathering information about the square footage, number of rooms, unique amenities, property values and tax bills of properties in your neighborhood that are similar in size to your own. You will also need photographs and documentation to prove that your property should be valued at less than some of the other nearby properties. You will then have to file a grievance, schedule a meeting with the tax assessor's office, present the information you have gathered and attempt to convince them to rule in your favor.

Consider Getting Professional Help


Gathering the information you need and filing and winning a grievance with the tax assessor's office can be challenging. Many property owners find they have a better chance of success if they have the help of an experienced professional that's familiar with the process. Some property owners hire attorneys to handle the process for them. At Property Tax Reduction Consultants they specialize in challenging inaccurate property tax assessments. They have a staff of well-trained, highly qualified tax professionals that handle tax grievances every day and are very familiar with the process.

Take Action Now

Whether you decide to file the tax grievance yourself or enlist the help of an attorney or Property Tax Reduction Consultants, it's essential to take action right away. Property owners have a limited amount of time after they receive their property tax bill to challenge it by filing a grievance. The amount of time one has to challenge the tax bill can range between 30 and 120 days depending on state, local and county laws. Plus, the process can be time consuming. Failure to file on time will cause you grievance to be automatically rejected.

Contact PTRC for any questions today.  http://www.ptrc.com

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tips to Help Sell Your Home in the Winter Months

Selling your home in the winter months can present some unique challenges. I think we could all be in agreement with that statement! Depending on the area of the country that your home is located in, snow and ice and overall colder weather become factors. The days are shorter, the holidays keep people busy and so on.



If you are a motivated home seller there are many ways we can suggest to help you find a motivated buyer for your home. Here are some tips to help you market and sell your home faster in the winter months.

Keep the Exterior of Your Home Accessible and Inviting

  • Pathways and steps should be kept clear of snow and ice.
  • Turn on all exterior lighting in the front and rear of your property.
  • If you have a driveway, keep a space clear for the buyer to park. 
  • Make sure the railings are properly secured, and not loose or wobbly.

The Inside of Your Home Has to Sparkle!

  • Carpeting should always be freshly vacuumed. 
  • Keep the seating areas clear, such as the kitchen or dining room table. The buyer may want to sit down and talk, or have a cup of coffee.
  • Dust and polish the furniture until it shines!

In general, always be ready for a potential buyer's visit to your home. You (and your home) only get one chance to make a good first impression. You do not want to be caught off guard!

Put the Lights on in Every Room

  • Even if it is dark and gloomy outside, your home will be bright and cheerful.
  • Your well lit home will show better and keep the buyer's attention longer. A good thing!

Don't Forget to Set Your Thermostat

  • You will want to set the temperature to a comfortable level of heat.
  • The buyer will want to stay longer in your home. That is the goal!


A Pleasant, Aromatic Scent in Your Home Works Wonders!
  • Be sure to choose a light pleasing scent.
  • Use it gently, you do not want to overdo it!
  • For the kitchen, plan to use familiar and comforting aromatic scents such as brewing coffee, perhaps some sweets in the oven and a small pot of simmering cinnamon. 
  • The buyer will want to stay longer in your cozy and welcoming home and will not want to rush back into the cold winter weather. And that is a good thing!


If we can be of any assistance to you, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Property Tax Reduction Consultants Website: http://www.ptrc.com/ 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Ways to Save in 2018


If you are looking for some new and different ways to save money in 2018, then you come to the right place. The following savings tips can help you save change around your home and the money management tips can help your finances to grow. Let’s look at some money saving tactics that will make your finances grow in 2018. 





American people are not great savers when compared to other countries. However, that does not mean that American people can’t be great at storing their money away for an emergency economic situation or as a financial cushion against for future use. Self-control, diligence and careful planning are a few habits that you can get going to build up some savings.

Self-control is important because it will allow you to put money away instead of spending it all up once you get it in your hands. Diligence is necessary because it will keep you on the right track with your savings goals. Careful planning is needed so that you know what you want to save for and how much you need to put away each pay period.


Most people look at time in terms of past, present and future. This is a linear way of seeing things. While this is no problem in terms of how you see your life, it can be problematic when it comes to saving. Why? Because people who see things in terms of a linear time progression tend to be more optimistic about their savings. In other words, they save less money because they think they will always have money in the future. So, they end up spending more than saving. This isn't the case when it comes to your finances. Plan ahead!

Start by budgeting your income every month. How much you intake v.s. how much you spend. Account for all your bills. Any extra at the end of the month should go in savings. "How on earth do I do that?" you might be asking, it's possible, but tough. Extremely tough. Begin subtracting things out of your day to day life that are not vital to your well being. Things like, subscriptions to apps like Netflix or Hulu, or meal boxes like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. 

Then move on to more drastic measures like slowing down on eating out so frequently and taking long distant trips. Viewing movies you already have versus going out into the local cinema for the newest movies.  These are just a few things to test run and start off with to get your savings going. Once you see some numbers stack up, it almost becomes a game to continue to see how much more you can save up.

Another thing you should is make your savings automatic. This simply means taking out a certain percentage of your money from each of your checks and not touching it all. You can have this set up through your credit union or bank account. 

One great way to start your savings program is through your tax return. Business and home owners should come to P.T.R.C. or Property Tax Reduction Consultant for their services before the tax cut off date.