Monday, July 6, 2020

The Strength of Long Island


No act of kindness is too small. Long Islanders, we can proudly say that there are many dedicated and generous people who are always putting their community’s needs first. And though these past few months have been brand new territory for us all, there are still many local heroes that found a way to contribute. Here are some you should know about:


Mateo Solis

For Mateo’s 10th birthday, he decided that instead of gifts he wanted to start a fundraising campaign for those affected by the coronavirus. His family helped decorate their front lawn in celebratory decor, and he set up his booth for donations. He ended up raising around $1,109.14 in donations — a birthday well spent!



The Watson Family

This family of five made sure that there was enough food for everyone to go around. Amy Watson, who works at the Locust Valley Central School District, knew first hand how difficult it was for some families who relied on daily school meals. And so, a food drive was created, and she and her family gave meals to those in need all over the island.


The Cooper Sisters

There’s nothing sweeter than receiving letters from those who know how to brighten your day. Abigail and Emma Cooper worked day and night decorating cards and writing letters. Since nursing homes weren't allowed to have visitors, the sisters sent the messages to the Acadia Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Riverhead. Their letters made all the difference for the residents there!


The Greenport Community

It is hard for those in quarantine to get the necessary supplies they need at home. Penelope Rudder understands just that and gathered a group of residents in Greenport to help deliver groceries and more to those who could not leave their homes. The community was very grateful!


From the individual to an entire community, anything can be done through perseverance and compassion. We are Long Island Strong!

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Friday, June 26, 2020

What To Plant In Your Garden In Summer


If you have always wanted to start planting more fruits and vegetables in your garden, but you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help! In summer, these fresh foods will be a great addition to your home and garden and can last into autumn as well.

Fruit:

  • Blackberries and raspberries: Berries are quite easy to grow, and they survive rather very well in warmer seasons! They just need a good amount of sun and water and should be planted at least 2 to 3 feet apart for best results.
  • Blueberries: While a part of the berry family, blueberry bushes are smaller and require a little extra love. They love the sun and moist, well-drained soil.
  • Apples: You can find apple trees in many different sizes, so you can choose one that fits your yard perfectly! Not only do they do well in summer, but they also can last into fall and provide you with fresh apples for multiple months.
  • Tomatoes: Nothing goes better with a summer salad than fresh tomatoes. You can place these seeds into a deep container, or keep them in their own section of the garden.


Vegetables:

  • Cucumber: The most well-known summer vegetable would have to be cucumbers! They grow fast and can be found in vining or bush form. Plant the seeds at least 2 inches apart and watch the magic happen.
  • String beans: This nutritious and delicious treat is easy to grow and easy to maintain. They only need regular watering and warm soil in order to flourish.
  • Peppers: Not only would fresh peppers be perfect for cooking, but they also add a nice pop of color to your garden. They just need full sunlight and consistent watering!


Start your summer garden now and begin adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals! You won’t regret it.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Monday, June 22, 2020

4 Helpful Tips For Organizing Your Taxes


When it comes to your taxes, it pays to keep everything organized. With the right preparations, you can have your papers ready, and reduce the chance of the process being overwhelming when tax day comes. Here are a few organization tips that will help you keep track of everything you’ll need this upcoming tax day.

Set Up Filing System

Often, your important documents can get thrown aside along with junk mail and other unimportant letters. Start creating a personalized filing system now so that you can access your records quickly and easily. Take time to utilize Post-it notes, folders, or computer space to keep everything together!

Group Things Together

Sometimes there are so many different papers and documents to go through that even a filing system won’t help. And when it comes to your tax returns, you should keep your records 3 years from the original date you filed for the first return. It’s a smart idea to keep your receipts together, income statements and documents together, and return papers together. This way you know exactly where to search when looking for them. 

Consider Online Filing

If the traditional filing system doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of online resources you can utilize in your quest for organization. There are many companies that offer personalized software packages and live personal help, just make sure to do some research to see which one suits you the best. 

Hire An Accountant

There’s nothing wrong with getting a little bit of help when you need it. Accountants are here to make your life easier! You can go over all your documents with them and they’ll certainly make sure everything is in place for when tax day arrives.


Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Friday, June 12, 2020

How To Make Your Home Feel Like A Vacation


Your home is supposed to be a place where you can relax and refresh. However, with most of us spending a lot more time at home, it can be hard to find a way to recharge. If you’re itching for a getaway, but boarding a plane isn't in your near plans, maybe it’s about time to start planning for your perfect vacation...at home! Your staycation awaits.

Establish Your Relaxing Zones

It’s important to separate your entertainment zones from your relaxing zones. This way, you’ll actually be able to relax when you want to. Turn your bathroom into a mini spa just for yourself, or create the perfect romantic dinner for two in your kitchen one night.

Move Furniture Around

When you’re on vacation you’re in a brand new environment. Give your home a “mini makeover” by moving some furniture around to create the illusion of a new place! You never know, you might even fall in love with your new layout.

Spend More Time Outside

Your back and front yards can become your best friends during a staycation. Consider eating and relaxing on your patio or lawn more on nicer days. The more you soak in the sun, the more it will feel like a vacation!

Get Inspo From Your Favorite Vacation Spot

Unfortunately, you can’t go to your favorite vacay paradise right now. However, you can still bring it to you! If you love the beach, you can add some cute beachy decorations throughout your home. If you have a favorite city, you can hang up some beautiful photos you have of that place.


Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Five Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas



With Father’s Day coming up, it’s important to start thinking about that perfect present for dad. While he’ll surely adore any gift, it’s the ones that are handmade and from the heart that he'll keep and cherish. Here are some DIY crafts to consider making for dad to show your appreciation for him:

1. Personalized Spatula

Nothing says Father’s Day more than a gift dad can barbecue with! All you have to do is design something special along with the wooden handle of the spatula. That way every time dad starts to grill up some burgers and hotdogs, he can be reminded of you.

2. Beer Bouquet

A twist on the classic 6-pack gift. Dress each bottle with a paper flower and place it into a gift bag before giving to dad! Add some green paper leaves and go crazy creating the illusion of a real bouquet of flowers. If dad isn't a beer fan, you can do the same with anyone of his favorite canned or bottled drinks.

3. Homemade Cards

You can never go wrong with making your own homemade card for dad. There are no limits when it comes to this project! You can personalize this with your own handwritten words for dad, letting him know how much you love and appreciate him.

4. DIY Neck Tie

It may sound like a complicated project, but it’s actually easier than you would think. If you have some extra fabric lying around your home, consider taking on this DIY to make dad a personalized tie for (maybe) any occasion! Follow this guide for further instructions.

5 Mustache Mug

Bring some character and life into dad’s boring, plain mugs this Father’s Day! All you need is a blank mug, sharpie, porcelain paint pen, and a mustache stencil. It’s a funny gift that he will surely want to drink his coffee from every morning.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, May 28, 2020

How To Prep Your Home For Summer



With summer just around the corner, it’s important to start preparing your home for the season! Summer brings long days and fun in the sun, but to fully enjoy it, your yard and home must be prepared. Here are some tips to ensure your home is ready for the summer fun ahead:

Prep Your Summer Tools

Make sure you’re all stocked up on summer essentials before the season begins! Lawn mowers and edgers are key to keeping your front and backyards looking neat. Additionally, you can invest in any pool cleaning supplies or gardening essentials you may need!

Check Your Roof

Heat can cause damage to a lot of different areas of your home, but your roof suffers the most from intense hot weather. The heat can cause your shingles to crack and warp over time, which leaves room for other potential damage to your house. Inspect your roof for any needed repairs before the 90-degree temperatures start!

Declutter Your Gutter

Your gutter is essential for preventing water damage to your home. Over time, it can become clogged with leaves and other debris. You won’t want that when a huge summer thunderstorm hits! Declutter those gutters early on, so that you know your house will be protected.

Inspect The Attic

You never know if some critters decided to let themselves into your house for protection from the winter weather! Now that it’s getting nicer outside, take time to fully inspect your attic for any unwanted visitors.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Summer Weather That Can Damage Your Home


When you think of weather that can impact your house, it’s not often you would think of it happening in the summer. From intense heat to heavy thunderstorms, your home could face some potentially damaging weather conditions this upcoming season. Make sure you’re prepared and know what to keep an eye on.

Heat

Probably the most common factor in home damage during the summer is the heat. Too much warmth on your roof can cause cracked or warped shingles. An extreme amount of heat can cause wood to expand, creating uneven surfaces for your deck or shingles. It can even damage paint, making it fade away quicker than it should.

Humidity

From the heat comes humidity and a bunch of other issues. Moisture can cause mold and mildew build-up in your attic or between your walls. If the humidity finds its way into any other parts of the house, it will also cause decay and damage. Moisture can sneak its way into your home through the seals of your doors and windows, so keep an eye on any signs of humidity in your home and get them fixed as soon as you can.

Thunderstorms

Summer is known to have some intense thunderstorms. Heavy amounts of rain can lead to roof and structural damage to your home. Leaks and other issues can surface because of torrential downpours as well. Not only is the rain a problem, but sometimes the thunder alone is enough to cause potential problems! The shock wave and pressure of the thunderstorm could give your home interior and exterior damage.


Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Fun Things To Do At Home


It’s important not to feel defeated while staying home for so long. It may feel like there is nothing to do around the house, or that you’ve already done it all, but we promise that isn’t true! Here are some fun activities to do with the family to make staying at home a bit more fun:

Game Nights

The tradition of family game nights can continue! Have everyone in your house come together on certain nights to participate in some family fun activities. For those who can’t see their loved ones, you can do a virtual game night with them instead. Make it a weekly thing, and take turns playing your favorite games. Having a routine night will give you something to look forward to during the week, too.

Movie Nights

Set aside a designated movie night for each week, and take turns picking the film. Get out the popcorn and candy for the occasion and create a comfy space to sit back and watch. There’s also the option to stream movies with friends and family virtually, too.

Test Out New Recipes

Do you have a list of recipes you’ve always wanted to try making? Well, now is a perfect time! Cooking and baking can also be great ways to decrease stress, too.

Pick Up New Hobbies

Have a hobby you always wanted to try? Now is the time. There are so many endless possibilities-- from crochet to learning a new instrument, to trying to read a bit more. It’s a time to push yourself and learn new things; you might even find something you love to do.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Five Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas



With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about some special gifts for that special lady. Not every gift has to break the bank! Sometimes, handmade gifts made from the heart are just as valuable too. Put your creative skills to the test and make something nice and personalized for mom: 

1. Egg Carton Flowers

Flowers are an iconic part of every Mother’s Day. If you want to get creative with the flowers you give your mom this year, consider making some out of egg cartons! Simply cut it up into sections to use as petals, use straws or sticks for the stems, and buttons or beads for the center. Of course, you also need to paint it any color of your choice. 

2. Handmade Cards

Break out the colorful paper and glitter for this project -- unless you want to keep it simple! An easy or extravagant handwritten card with decorations and words personalized just for your mom is perfect, and something she can save for a lifetime.

3. Painted Pots

If you have any leftover flower pots that aren’t being used at the moment, you can revamp them for a fresh new look. Repaint them, decorate them, or fill them with her favorite flowers. Plus, she’ll think of you every time she waters the plants. 

4. Bake Her Some of Her Favorites

If mom has a sweet tooth, consider baking her a treat or two. From cupcakes to chocolate bark, there are a variety of online and easy to make recipes that your whole family can enjoy.

5. Make a “Reasons Why I Love You” Book

Write out all your favorite things about your mom and put it all together for one very special book! You can add pictures and personalized details but the most important thing is to speak from your heart and let her know how grateful you are for her!

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Friday, May 1, 2020

5 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Spring



Selling your home is no easy process, but sometimes adapting to the season you’re selling it in helps a lot. Spring and late summer are said to be some of the best times to sell your house, so here are some tips and tricks to prepare for everything you’ll need during the process.

1. Curb Appeal

While curb appeal is important all year round, there’s something really special about how your home looks in the spring! You’ll want your landscape to be at its best, so consider some beautiful and bright spring flowers in the front yard. Also, a nice front door repaint or siding power wash will ensure your home looks its best.

2. Repairs

If you notice any easy-to-fix issues around the home, it will benefit you and the selling process if you get them repaired before the house goes on the market. Gutters, roofing, siding, and more can all be done easily and fixed quickly!

3. Start Your Selling Process ASAP

Spring is the best time for selling because it’s an easier time for people to research what they want and most families will want to get settled before the new school year begins. Late April early May is said to be the best time for selling since it’s nice outside and you can take advantage of the longer days. So, start getting everything ready soon.

4. Declutter The Inside

If you have a lot of furniture and items around the house, it could seem cluttered and messy to new eyes. Consider donating some old items that have been collecting dust for years. Separate your valuables from this pile and clean everything thoroughly.

5. Price Everything Fairly

Make sure you do some research before selling! Compare prices of your home and the rest of your neighborhood. It’s not good to overprice since it will probably become difficult to sell. However, you don’t need to go extremely low either. Find that sweet spot perfect for what you’re looking for, a professional realtor can help you with that.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Monday, April 20, 2020

How to Apply for Property Tax Grievance in Suffolk County



With the deadline for Suffolk County coming up, make sure you’re fully prepared and informed on how the property tax grievance process works. To make it easier for you, we have laid out all the necessary steps you’ll need to complete in order to get everything done before the deadline approaches.

Submit Your Forms

Submit your signed form! The application can be found on our website and it only takes a few short minutes to fill everything out-- getting you started on your property tax grievance journey.

Gain Confirmation 

Receive confirmation from our team. P.T.R.C., Inc. will reach out to you and let you know whether or not you are eligible for the grievance application. We will work with you to figure out where your application stands.

Let P.T.R.C. Represent You

Once your application is accepted, P.T.R.C., Inc. will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). This is the board specific to Suffolk County.

The Process, Continued

If the BAR were to accept your form and case, we here at P.T.R.C., Inc would proceed with the reduction process. However, if the decision is different, we will move forward with the Small Claims Assessment Review(SCAR). 

What we do With Denials

If denied at the board level, SCAR is the only way to get a reduction for your home. Not to worry! Our team has been very successful here and “a $30 court filing fee is required for SCAR to purchase an index number which guarantees your case to be heard.”

The Appeal Process 

On your behalf, P.T.R.C., Inc will complete all the necessary paperwork and pay for the index number needed. Once filed, the Supreme Court will schedule a meeting for your case. This step could take a few months, depending on how many other SCAR appeals have been filed

We will use the Comparable Market Analysis in your appeal process, which compares properties in the same area of your home. From here, P.T.R.C., Inc. will appear on your behalf and show all the necessary information and evidence needed.

Final Steps

Once successful, there are a number of ways the reduction grant can be adjusted. We have stated on our website that “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 to you.” Also, as a result of the reduction, a refund check can be issued for the overpayment of taxes.

 The last action that can be taken is a partial adjustment in your assessed value, which means a partial refund can be issued for the time being. Each option differs for each person, but we will ensure we find the right solution for you.

Repeat this process again next year in order to ensure a reduction in your property taxes again!

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Worthwhile Spring Renovation Projects


Spring cleaning isn’t necessarily all about tidying up-- it’s about renovation too! If it’s been a while since you’ve done anything to freshen up your home, now might be the perfect time to consider it. The warmer weather makes it easier to complete projects both indoors and outdoors. Here are some worthwhile spring renovation projects to consider for your home:

Repainting Indoor Walls

Over time, your walls can fill with dust and stains from years of aging. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your house with a fresh coat of paint. Whether you stick to the same color or change, it is up to you. A new color or a bit more brightness to the interior of your home will help freshen it for the new season.

Upgrade Your Flooring

Have you forgotten what a smooth and new flooring looks like? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Consider putting in new flooring in the rooms that need it most or merely giving your wood floors a refinishing or your carpets a deep clean. Doing so can increase your home’s value too.

Add a Deck or Patio

The outside of your house can benefit significantly from some renovation, too. Depending on your yard, you may want to consider adding a deck or patio to spruce things up. Both of these projects can be done by summertime, so you’ll have someplace to spend time with friends and family.

Outside Transformation

Old backyard furniture can weaken and break with age. Now is the perfect time to upgrade. Consider new and stylish patio furniture for all your spring and summer needs. It will make you want to spend all your time outdoors!


Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Monday, April 13, 2020

Ways To Stay Productive While At Home

It can be hard to focus when you’re doing work from home. It’s easier to be productive in a work or school setting since you’re not as used to doing everything at your own house! But it’s important to stay mindful of your work ethic and figure out some helpful ways to get yourself on track and getting used to the change: 

Create a Work Space

It’s essential to separate the leisure parts of your home from your working area. Set up a makeshift office space to get the feel of actually being in the office. If you are doing your work from your bed or couch, you might feel less motivated to push yourself!

Get Dressed

It can be so much easier to stay in pajamas all day, but doing so can keep you unmotivated. That isn’t to say you need to dress fancy, but something other than sweatpants or pajamas will help get you in a more productive mindset.

Stick To a Schedule

Your daily routine, while working from home, can be quite different from the method you have on a regular workday. Try not to ruin any sleeping schedules or let home distractions get in the way of your daily tasks. Create a plan and stick to it, so you’re able to complete your work as efficiently as if you were in the office.

Put Away Any Distractions

Depending on where you are set up for the day, you could be surrounded by plenty of potential distractions! Make sure you put the phone away and turn off the television if you find yourself lagging. Also, make sure you have quiet space for phone calls and meetings if they happen to come up last minute.

Know When To Take Breaks

It is so easy to lose track of time while working from home. If you’re cooped up in your room and staring at a computer screen all day, of course, it will take a toll on you and your work ethic. Take little breaks throughout the day to ease this tension. Walk around the house, grab a snack, and take a breather. Don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How to Prep Your Home for Spring


Spring is in the air! As the weather gets warmer, we’ll tend to spend more time out of our homes enjoying all the season as to offer. Get a head start on these projects to freshen your home.

Do Some Spring Cleaning

Though this may sound like a cliche, spring really is the best time to get to cleaning. With warm weather coming, you’ll want to get outside more often, leaving much of the housework you’ll want to do is thrown to the side. Consider these areas:


  • Declutter bedrooms, closets, cabinets  and living spaces.
  • Clean windows and put new window treatments up.
  • Give your floors a good clean and wax.
  • Vacuum and dust any surfaces that may be carriers for indoor allergens.
  • Switch beddings to lighter covers for warmer weather.

Inspect Your Roof

From fallen trees to mounds of snow, your roof can sustain a large amount of damage during the winter months. When the weather warms up, it’s best to inspect your roof and change for any signs of damage early so that a professional can make necessary repairs. Broken shingles or leaks can cause hefty property damage.

Repair Windows and Screens

Just like your roof, your windows and screens can take a beating through the cold winter months. To ensure you’re not wasting money cooling your home by letting that air go right out a broken window this spring, and to prevent allergens from coming inside, you’ll want to repair any damage.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

The Veterans' Property Tax Exemption: Explained

What Is The NYS Veteran’s Exemption?

If you are a veteran in New York State, there are property tax exemptions that those who have served in the U. S. Armed Forces, including veterans who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard can apply for.

All veterans must submit a request for the exemption to their assessor, including proof of discharge under honorable conditions. This information typically includes times and places served in active duty. These exemptions only apply the following tax levels:

  • County property taxes
  • City/town property taxes
  • Village property taxes


There are three main exemptions that veterans can apply for in New York State:
Cold War Veterans’ Exemption: available at the residential level for veterans that served during the Cold War. It is up to the description of counties, cities, and villages to offer this exemption.

Alternative Veterans’ Exemption: available at the residential level for veterans serving during a designated time of war, or those who have received an expeditionary medal. 95% of counties, towns, cities and villages offer this exemption, and some school districts have the choice of offering it as well.

Eligible Funds Exemption: awards a partial exemption to property a veteran purchases. Contact your local clerk for more information.

For more information, visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Proven Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value


Whether you’re ready to move to a new neighborhood or just want to get a head start on maximizing your investment, increasing the value of your home is always a good thing. Use these recommendations to update your home:

Make Your Home Low-Maintenance

Except for the few buyers that are really looking for a project, most prospective homeowners are looking for a home that is as close to ‘turnkey’ as possible — meaning the home is practically ready for them to move in.

If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, be sure that any structural updates that need to happen before an inspection get completed. Give your home a good look, make a list of what needs to get done, and get to work!

Make Your Home Efficient

Who doesn’t love a way to help the environment and lower their utility bills? Going-green has been a trending housing update for the past few years, and will surely increase the value of your home. Here are a few updates you can consider making:

  • LED lighting
  • Solar panels
  • Energy-efficient HVAC units
  • Smart thermostats

Make Your Home More Attractive

Increasing the appeal of your home doesn’t stop at the inside — it extends to the outside of your home, too. This means that you should be focused on updating the interior of your home as well as the exterior, which will help you increase your “curb appeal”. This is often the first impression a prospective buyer will have of your home, and you’ll want to make it count.

Here are some updates you may want to consider making:

  • Updating landscaping, roofing, and siding
  • Freshening interior paint
  • Remodeling your kitchen and bathrooms with new appliances

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

4 Things to Do Before Tax Day



April 15th, also known as Tax Day here in the U.S., is the deadline for all individual tax return submissions and tax filing extension requests. If you’re looking to get ahead of the game this year, here are a few key things to take care of before Tax Day:

1. Gather Income Documentation

There are few more stressful things than looking for paperwork at 11:59 pm the night before Tax Day. To prepare, make sure you have all the necessary documents ready to go — whether for sending to a professional or for your own use. This also includes any paperwork needed for deductions, such as student loan interest payments.

Also, be sure to keep this information handy in case you need it later in the year.

2. Look Over Last Year’s Return

If you’re filing your tax return online, you’ll need information from last year’s return statement to file this year — part of the IRS’ anti-fraud protocols. Also, looking at last year’s return can help you remember exactly what incomes you need to claim, and what deductions you’re entitled to.

3. Check Your Personal Information

One sure way to raise a red flag to the IRS is mistyping your name, Social Security number, or bank account information. Make sure all of this information is double-checked before you finalize your tax return.

4. Consider Filing an Extension

If you need more time for filing your taxes, you can apply for a six-month extension by filing IRS Form 4868. If you think you’ll need an extension, it’s best to file as soon as possible. However, if you still owe tax liabilities to the IRS, you will not receive an extension for this payment, and must make those on time to avoid any interest.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Thursday, February 6, 2020

How to Apply for Property Tax Grievance in Nassau County

To help combat soaring taxes in Nassau County, residents have the right to grieve their taxes. Through this process, those individuals choose to appeal their assessment by providing necessary information about their property. P.T.R.C., Inc. specializes in long island residential property tax reductions. Since 1990, P.T.R.C., Inc. has successfully handled over 285,000 assessment challenges. We have secured millions of dollars in reductions and refunds for our clients. We aim to be the best in the business!

The Process

ARC asks filers to complete a form that has various parts. Some of the questions are optional, but the more residents fill out the more they can highlight their argument that their assessment is inaccurate.

Individuals must first fill out Part A of the application sheet to identify the property. Verify that all information is correct.
In Part B, residents need to fill out what they feel their assessment should be. This section must be completed.
The individual's address and contact information are included in Part C. This should be checked for accuracy, for ARC uses it to contact the resident.
Part D enables the filer to include any pertinent information about the property that would affect the value. Suitable answers include, but are not limited to, home is located on a main road, adjacent to a train station or near a school.
An optional section, Part E enables the filer to accurately specify the claim for the reduction.
Another optional section, Part F invites residents to upload comparable homes in the area. These are used to support the claim that a new assessment is necessary.
The last section must be filled out or the form cannot be filed. It simply asks the resident to sign and certify that all statements made are accurate.

Deadline

The online appeal system is open until April 2, 2020. During this time, any type of property can be filed for including commercial ones.

Considerations

Property Tax Reduction Consultants help residents complete their assessments and will file on their behalf. If this is the case, Part C of the form would indicate that there is a designation of representation.

Residents can simply visit Property Tax Reduction Consultants and fill out the online application to get the process started.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Top Things to Do in Winter on Long Island


Wintertime on Long Island is a perfect time to spend time with the family! While the weather may be chilly, that doesn’t mean you have to stay put in your home.

Here are our favorite winter activities on Long Island:

Go Skating. 
A local favorite is Christopher Morley Park. They have voted this two hundred foot rink the best outdoor rink on Long Island.
Take a Hike.

 From a short walk to an invigorating journey, winter is the perfect time to take a hike with the family. Try Caleb Smith State Park for a nice walk, or the Quoge Wildlife Refuge for hiking, nature workshops, and more.

Head to a Museum.
 For a warm, indoor family outing, try the Cradle of Aviation Museum or the Long Island Children’s Museum.

Take a Seal Cruise.
 Long Island’s waterways are full of marine life, and what better way to view them than Captain Lou’s Seal Watching tour?

Visit the Aquarium.
 If you’re not looking to set sails but still want a maritime adventure, head to the Long Island Aquarium!

Go Bowling.
Winter weather means it can be harder to get outside and play your favorite sport. However, you can still keep up some family-friendly competition with a few games of bowling!

See a Movie.
Whether it’s a date-night or a family outing. Consider indulging in a dine-in movie experience to see one of the newest box-office hits.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Best Neighborhoods for Families on Long Island


Even in the worst-case scenario, a home buyer in the Long Island area won't see their house depreciate in value. This means that now is a good time to purchase property in the Long Island area, because your property will either go up in value, bringing you a profit in a few years or stay the same and not lose you any money. However, some towns are better fit for a young, growing family.

Neighbors for Young Families

We suggest that you choose a community with prices that are stable. This will ensure that your property will hold its value if you decide to sell your home down the line. Between 2 counties, 13 townships, 205 villages, and hamlets, and over 2 million people — so where should you buy your home? Consider one of these options:

Plainview, Nassau County

Ranked the top city on Long Island, Plainview is a quaint suburban hamlet with easy access to major highways and train stations. Plainview’s schools are excellent, and the area holds many large shopping centers and parks.

East Meadow, Nassau County

East Meadow is an unincorporated hamlet which holds some of Long Island’s largest parks and top school district — which was ranked second in the entire state of New York. It is also known for its great growth potential.

Commack, Suffolk County

While Commack was first settled for its rich soil and farmland, it’s now known for its quick access to highways, making commutes a breeze, and its family-oriented atmosphere.

North Bellmore, Nassau County

North Bellmore is ranked among the topmost family-friendly neighborhoods in the entire state of New York. This city is also a quick ride from state beaches.

West Islip, Suffolk County

This south shore town is an extremely family-friendly, and offers a fantastic school system. There are also plenty of activities, such as clubs and cultural enrichment organizations.

Merrick, Nassau County

Located on the south shore of Long Island, Merrick is one of the top maritime cities for young families. This town has an abundant amount of community parks and activities, with Jones Beach just a short 10-15 minute drive away. Merrick’s school districts also rank some of the best on the island.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Ways to Show Your Home Some Love


With Valentine’s Day coming up, you will want to focus on love. Most importantly, you may want to send your loved ones a sweet card or pick up a box of their favorite chocolates. As you may be looking for ways to show love for your loved ones, you may also want to show the things you appreciate the most some TLC — like your home.

Here are some ways you can show your home some love this Valentine’s Day:

  • Fill it with flowers. Everyone loves getting flowers on Valentine’s Day — even your home! The atmosphere in your home will be fresher and you’ll get to enjoy the look of fresh flowers in your living space, too. 
  • Buy some new decor. Not only will your home feel new and bright, but you will also enjoy the luxurious feel that it brings to a room you felt needed some work
  • Get a head start on home projects. Whether it is a broken table leg or a hole in the wall, taking out the extra time to show your home some love and fix it will be the perfect way to show your house some appreciation this Valentine's Day. 


Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What to Expect at a Property Tax Hearing

Fighting Your Property Taxes

If you are attending a property tax hearing, there are some things that you should be prepared for beforehand to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Read on to learn more.

If you do not agree with the amount of taxes that you are said to owe for the 2020/2021 tax year, you need to file an appeal and get a confirmation from our experts at P.T.R.C., Inc. stating that you are eligible to appeal this process. We must get this information by the deadline or it will not count.

Filing time is once a year, don’t miss the deadlines! Applications must be received in our office by 2pm:

Nassau                 2021/22                 March 2nd, 2020 

Suffolk                 2020/21                 May 19th,  2020   

Preparing for a Property Tax Grievance Hearing

Before going to this hearing, you need to review the appraisers’ information on the home by reviewing the condition, utility, and desirability. If it is sound that the appraisal was not accurate, then it will often be corrected if this information can be validated.

The condition of the home will have a direct impact on the property tax. If there is rotten wood, paint peeling, problems with the foundation, or leaks in the roof a person needs to obtain an estimate for the repairs. They may be able to get their tax reduced based on this information.

Before entering the hearing all of the documents should be in place and any relevant information about the home should be documented and brought to the heating. A person should have their original appraisal and the revised version they feel is correct. Three new analyses of the home will need to be performed and have similar results for the organization to reduce the amount of taxes on the home. All of this information must be presented to them in writing.

As a homeowner, you are entitled to file a property tax grievance. If you are interested in learning more about the process or are interested in starting your tax reduction, contact our experts at P.T.R.C. today. Nassau: (516) 484-0654, Suffolk: (631) 484-0654

Thursday, January 23, 2020

What You Need to Know About STAR Changes

New York State has recently made quite a few changes to the School Tax Assessment Relief program. These changes may affect those who have recently purchased homes and have successfully paid taxes for the 2019-20 school year. If you fall into this category, you are not currently registered to receive STAR exemption or credits. Read on to learn more. 

Changes to Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR

If you have registered for Basic STAR, you will automatically be upgraded to Enhanced STAR following verification by the State of New York. You will need to verify:
  • Your identity
  • Your age
  • Your income


This eliminates the need to manually apply through the Nassau County Department of Assesment.

Persons who have not filed tax returns and are currently registered in the STAR program, the state of New York will send an income worksheet to be completed to assess and substantiate your household income to be eligible for Basic or Enhanced STAR.

While those homeowners that currently receive the Basic STAR exemption, that is interested in maintaining their credit status, must still apply for Enhanced STAR if they believe they qualify for the program.

Homeowners with an annual income between $250,000 and $500,000 will receive have the ability to stay exempt on property bills and they will receive a check from the State of New York. While there are no specific deadlines for registering with the STAR program, you should treat every update as a time-sensitive matter. Please check the website to see when you should be expecting your check if you qualify.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Tax Strategies for the New Year

While you may not have the total amount your household will spend on taxes, you can prepare for them throughout the entire year. There are strategies that can save thousands of dollars and your time by preparing for your taxes year-round. These tips can work for both state and federal taxes.

Records Organization

Gather your previous year’s tax return, 1099s and W-2s for the current year, receipts, and anything else you need for tax time. This will save you the time of locating all of these documents. Using a checklist will help you to keep track of the items that you need to prepare your taxes. Take the time to find the correct forms to file your taxes.

Retirement Accounts

Fund your retirement account ahead of the tax filing deadline for traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs.

Estimated Tax Payment

Making an estimated payment by the 15th of January can help you to eliminate penalties from the fourth quarter. You will owe a penalty for other quarters if you have not sent estimated payments for them at the time.

Itemize Deductions

The standard deduction is easier to take but it is possible to save more money by itemizing your expenses if you own your home, have a high tax rate, or are self-employed. Charitable donations and mortgage interest are well-known deductions. Portions of medical expenses over 10 percent of adjusted gross income can also be deducted.

Home Office Deduction

Make sure to examine the home office deduction closely. The rules for eligibility have changed, so be sure to run through the necessary qualifications closely.

File on Time and Electronically

It is imperative that you file your taxes and pay any taxes owed on time in order to prevent penalization. Filing electronically can save you on processing time as well as getting any refunds issued up to a month earlier.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Home Renovation Trends for 2020

Home renovation is very cyclical and reactive, just like many other aspects of life. The home improvement projects that are in effect in 2020 will not be the same ones that are present from five years ago. Here are some of the biggest home improvement trends for 2020.

More Money for Projects

Our economy has been on a tear for several years and the economy is reaching full employment which is translating into larger home improvement projects. Further, loans with low-interest rates are more accessible than ever before and this is resulting in large scale projects, particularly in suburbs such as kitchen renovations, floor additions, and redone outdoor spaces.

Smart Homes

The internet is beginning to realize its smart home potential and more homes are being renovated with smart devices in mind. Smart devices are entering into our kitchens and appliances with smartphone-controlled timers, our heating and cooling systems with remote smart devices that let you optimize your heating and cooling, and smart security systems that allow for access away from home. More than minor tools, these smart home devices are being fully integrated and allow for remote and voice accessed tools that make the future fully accessible today.

Clean Air and Focus On the Environment

Home improvement looks to improve on the spaces in your home with advanced air and water purification kits, green recycling options, and integrated home efficiencies. Homeowners are increasingly concerned with these items and are great selling points for those who are looking to live cleaner.