Showing posts with label Long Island Property Taxes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Long Island Property Taxes. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Don't Forget About Tax Reductions

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

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The Summer can be a distracting time. The kids need to be driven all over the place, the vacations set you back and the weather can make you lose track of time. This is completely normal, but once August starts to come to an end, property taxes need to come to the forefront. Here on Long Island, we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to file for grievance and get our taxes reduced by the county. Here is how P.T.R.C. Inc. can help with that process: 

P.T.R.C. Advantage 

  • We have been in business for almost thirty years and the relationships and experience we have accrued are truly invaluable. 
  • We have handled almost a quarter million assessments over our time in business. 
  • We have secured over 1 million dollars in reductions for our clients. 
  • We charge NO FEE for failed challenges. We only get paid if you do. 
  • We will have you paying the lowest possible rate allowed by law.

How to File 

  • Submit an application on our website. 
  • We will present your case to the respective board that oversees your county. (Nassau-- Suffolk) 
  • If your claim is denied at this level, we will take it to the Small Claims Assessment Review board for an appeal. We are very successful at this level. 
  • You will receive your reduction in the form of an altered tax rate, a check for the difference, or a combination of both.

Client Testimonial

"I’m a new homeowner (bought my first house 2 years ago wahoo!!) and decided to try and lower my taxes since during the home buying process I realized how crazy and all over the place taxes were in the same neighborhoods. I decided to send email inquiries to many of the tax reduction companies on Long Island since I had no idea which one to select. I had hired Property Tax Reduction Consultants because I liked how they handled my inquiry. I felt I had some personalized service and that they had answered all of my questions in a timely matter. I just got the results and I am more than pleased. They saved me over $3,000!! I will definitely be using them again and would recommend them to every homeowner." -- Cole M.

If you are interested in earning reductions like the one Cole described here, we can help you in 2017-2018. Our team is eager to get started and we hope you are too! 

Call 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com with any and all questions! 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

TWO Weeks Left to File Suffolk County

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

Suffolk County Deadline | Property Tax Grievance

It has been a very long and grueling tax season, but your job isn't finished yet. Whether you were happy or sad about your initial returns, there is still opportunity to save for Suffolk County homeowners. Our team is waiting for your application and we can't wait to work with you to achieve the best possible results! 

Benefits of Filing With P.T.R.C. Inc. 
When you choose to file with P.T.R.C. Inc., you are putting your trust in a company with a proven track record. Our team features members that truly care about their clients and they have no reason not to give you their very best. They ONLY get paid if they earn you a reduction-- no reduction equals no pay. This lowers the risk on your end and it makes us that much more motivated to provide top quality service. We have been at it for over 30 years and our relationships in the industry grow stronger each and every tax season. When you work with P.T.R.C. Inc., you're going to sit in first class for the entire ride!
A Lot Can Happen in Two Weeks 
The Suffolk County Deadline is closing in and we don't want you to miss out on your chance to earn a reduction. The weather is getting nicer, the Hampton Beaches are drawing you in and the days all seem to be a little more jam packed. Filing on our website is not going to take long, and we assure you that you aren't going to regret it. There is ZERO risk involved and we have been very successful with the Suffolk County review boards. 
Bolstering the Summer Budget
May is here and school will be out before you know it. If you have a few years of parenting under your belt, you know it would be dumb to not give your kids a plan for the Summer. Get them out of the house and active with Sports Camps, Day Camps and other Summer activities right here on Long Island. Here are some of our favorite day camps for your little ones: 
If you have any questions about the grievance process or what we do here at P.T.R.C. Inc,, please feel free to call 631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Five of the Most Famous Long Island Natives

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

Long Island is a tight knit community that sticks together through thick and thin. We love to see our own succeed and for such a small area, we have quite the track record when it comes to famous locals. There are singers, actors, athletes, businessmen/businesswomen and a bunch of others that we have to be proud of! These five are some of the most well known Long Island natives»

Billy Joel | Property Tax Grievance

Judd Apatow
Born and raised in Syosset, Apatow became famous in the film industry for his work with Anchorman, The Cable Guy, The 40- year Old Virgin and This is 40-- for the record, those are all very funny movies. He has also worked as a television writer on shows like Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared and Girls. He is one of the most well known comedy writers in the entertainment industry.
Billy Joel
Perhaps the most iconic Long Island native, the Piano Man himself was born and raised in Hicksville during the 1960's. Joel is one of the most decorated recording artists of all time with hits like Piano Man, New York State of Mind, Ballad of Billy the Kid and others which reference his Long Island roots. Billy closed down the Nassau Coliseum in 2013 and Shea Stadium in 2009.
Alec Baldwin 
Alec and his brothers Daniel, Billy and Stephen were born in Amityville and Massapequa during the 1960's. They are well known for their acting work, but Alec rose to stardom for his acting in movies like Pearl Harbor and The Aviator. He has also been seen in T.V Shows like 30 Rock!
Craig Biggio 
Biggio is arguably one of the best players from the modern era of baseball and he played right here at Kings Park High School. Biggio is one of only a hand full of players with 3000 hits and he is soon to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a 7 time MLB All Star!
Jim Brown
Brown was born in Georgia, but he was raised on Long Island and attended Manhasset High School. Many know Brown for his outstanding football career, but did you know that he is also considered one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time? He stayed in New York for college at Syracuse University, but he played professionally in Cleveland for 12 seasons.

If you have aspirations to make it big like these stars, you're not going to do it with your property taxes at their current price. You're going to have to lower them to free up some financial space for your future! If you have any questions about the tax grievance process in Suffolk County, call 631-484-0654 or email INFO@PTRC.COM.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Cleaning Tips from the Pros

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

Spring Cleaning| Tax Reductions| Tax Season

Early Spring is tax season, and here at Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we know how hectic these days can be. Your property taxes are in good hands with our experts, but now it is your turn to step up to the plate. You need to get that house of yours in tip top shape so you can enjoy it to the fullest extent come Summer time. Here are some key areas to pay attention to»

One Step At a Time
The most important thing to remember is that pace is the key to success. If you try and get too much done in one day, you'll feel disappointed if you fall short. Set realistic goals for day one, day two and so on and so forth. Doing it this way allows for a deeper clean and you'll have greater satisfaction when the job is complete.
Curtain Call
Curtains are usually the buffer in between outdoor and indoor air throughout your home. This position leaves them vulnerable to dust and debris build up that you need to manage if you want allergen-free air. Cotton curtains can be washed the same way you would wash delicates, but don't forget to take out the hooks!
Deter Pests
Keeping a tidy home is automatically going to lower your risk for pest infestation, but during the Spring you should take it a step further. Get inside of your drawers and wipe them down with disinfectant to get rid of crumbs and eliminate a free meal for the neighborhood pests. This will also give you the opportunity to go in and eliminate the contents of your drawers that are unnecessary.
Deep Clean the Fridge
Take everything out of your fridge to start. Throw away any expired items and separate the leftovers into groups. Once this is complete, remove refrigerator drawers and soak them with soap and warm water in the sink. After they're washed and dried, place them back in and neatly restock the fridge in the groups you have designated.
Change HVAC Filters
Your HVAC system doesn't get much of a break here on Long Island. It goes right from the warming days of March to the cooling days of May, which makes April the perfect month to perform maintenance. Remove the filters from the unit and take them to the hardware store with you. Buy the same exact size filters and install them in your unit for cleaner Spring air!

We keep a pretty tight ship around here, but we are not claiming to be the cleaning experts by any stretch of the imagination. We just wanted to give our clients and readers some tips to help while they wait for their reductions to come in. If you have any property tax questions for us in the meantime, feel free to reach out at 631-484-0654 or email us at info@ptrc.com!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas for the New Homeowner in Your Life

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

Holiday Gift Ideas| Long Island- Grievance Deadline| Nassau County

If there's a new homeowner in your life this holiday season, it can be difficult to pick out the perfect gift. You want to get them something practical that they can use, but you also want it to have that personal touch. Well lucky for you, these holiday gift ideas offer a little bit of both. 

Dart Board 
If the man of the house enjoys a gentleman's game, this is something he will appreciate. It is sure to bring enjoyment and it will help spice up their future friendly gatherings. But you might want to let him/her win their first game-- you don't want the board to get off on the wrong foot! 
Wine Glasses 
When someone goes through the stress of moving into a new home, it is often the little things that they forget. Things like dishes, silverware and wine glasses prove to be greatly appreciated, especially if someone is hosting a house warming party that they're under prepared for. If you have a gift for arts & crafts, you can even customize the glasses for a more personal feel. 
Holiday Decorations 
Moving during the holidays is about as hectic as it gets, and holiday decor is the last thing on a new homeowner's mind. Get them a personalized ornament for their first Christmas in their new home and your gift is sure to be featured year in and year out. 
Monogrammed Doormat 
Nothing says 'welcome to our new home' quite like a monogrammed doormat. It's simple and easy to order and once they finish all their renovations, it will be the cherry on top to signal their move is complete!
Family Portrait
The holidays are all about family and spending time with the people we love. If you're getting a gift for a new homeowner that is a cousin, child or friend, take your favorite picture of the whole family and blow it up so it can be hung on the wall. It's these little things that turn a house into a home around the holidays. 

New homes call for new property taxes and that is where we come in. Our holiday gift is our knowledge of the Long Island tax grievance process and we would love to put our gift under your tree this holiday season. To submit an application, visit our website or call 516-484-0654/ 631-484-0654. The deadline is quickly approaching and we don't want you to miss out on this opportunity! 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nassau County Homeowners: Submit Your Application Today!

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

We're only about a month and a half away from the new year, and that means that the deadline for Nassau County homeowners to submit their grievance application is really just around the corner. While March 1st, 2017 seems like lightyears away, especially with so many holiday happenings to tend to before that, we cannot stress enough how important it is for homeowners to get their applications in not just on the deadline, but well before.


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For those of you who are not familiar with the grievance process, in Nassau County, it can take anywhere from 18-24 months from start to finish. Although your main role in the grievance process is simply submitting an application, there's a lot more that takes place afterwards that can take quite a bit of time - let's break it down for you:

After we receive your application for your Nassau County home, we will represent you before the Assessment Review Commission (ARC). If they decide you are eligible for a reduction, we will accept, but if not, we will proceed to Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR).

SCAR is the only way to obtain a reduction if we are denied at the board level, but the great news is that we have been very successful at this step! At this point an index number will need to be purchased to guarantee that your case will be heard - we'll take care of this for you. Once this is complete, the Supreme Court will schedule a hearing, but this is where a lot of time is eaten up - this part of the process can take up to several months since so many SCAR appeals are being filed at once.

When the time comes for your hearing, our team will appear on your behalf and present all of the evidence we've accumulated in an attempt to find you some savings!

While we cannot guarantee reductions, we've handled over 230,000 assessment challenges and have secured millions of dollars in refunds and reductions for our clients, so you know that you're in great hands when you choose to work with P.T.R.C. Inc.! You can find properties where we've saved near you here, and should your case not be successful this time around, we will not charge a fee - that said, you really have nothing to lose by submitting an application!

If you're ready to get started, visit our website to access the Nassau County applications. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling (516)/(631) 484-0654 or send an email to info@ptrc.com.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Reminder! Tax Grievance Applications Are Available Now!

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

In case you haven't heard, applications for tax grievances are NOW available! The current applications are for the 2018/2019 tax year, and if you're interested in filing, you shouldn't delay submitting your application for any longer!

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The deadlines for these applications are as follows:

March 1, 2017: Nassau County
May 16, 2017: Suffolk County

Submitting an application is easy, and we have everything you need right on our website! You can either sign online or email, fax or mail your completed application right to us. Once we receive it, we'll send you a confirmation to let you know that you've met the deadline and that you are eligible to file.

A few reminders:

In Nassau County, the grievance process can take anywhere from 18-24 months, and in Suffolk County, it can take anywhere from 12-18 months. For this reason alone, it is so imperative that you get your application in on time if you're hoping to see a change in your property taxes doing the 2018/2019 tax year.

Additionally, don't forget that when you work with P.T.R.C. Inc., we only charge a fee for successful cases, and we do not charge a fee to be qualified. It's as simple as this - no reduction = no fee. If your case is successful and a reduction is warranted, our fee is 50% of the property tax reduction payable after official notification of the tax reduction. 

Note: if a SCAR petition needs to be filed, a $30 court filing fee may also apply. Additionally, if your reduction is for a Suffolk County property, a $75 CMA fee applies unless you provide us with a recent certified appraisal.

The P.T.R.C. Inc. team has been specializing in reducing property taxes for homeowners since 1990, and we'd love for you to be the homeowner we help next.

If you're ready to file, just head on over to www.ptrc.com to download your application. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why Should You Submit Your Tax Grievance Application Early?

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

Although the deadline to file a tax grievance isn't until March of 2017 for Nassau County homeowners and May of 2017 for Suffolk County homeowners, we can't stress enough to our readers how important it is to get your application in as soon as possible
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In case you aren't familiar with the specifics of the grievance process, in Nassau County it can take anywhere from 18-24 months from start to finish, and in Suffolk County, it can take anywhere from 12-18 months from start to finish - this is why it is so important to get your applications in not just on time, but in advance of the deadline.

Now, let's go over the grievance process in more detail:
  1. Step 1 would be to submit your signed application to us. This you can do directly online, by fax/email or through direct mail.
  2. Next, we'll send you a confirmation once we receive your application and let you know that you're eligible to file for a tax grievance.
  3. Step 3 falls on us - 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.
  4. Depending on the outcome from step 3, our team will either accept the reduction or we'll move forward to Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR). Note: SCAR is the ONLY way to get a reduction if the request is first denied at the board level, and a $30 court filing fee is required in order for SCAR to purchase an index number, which is essential in order for your case to be heard.
  5. Our team will purchase the index number for you and complete all paperwork. After all has been filed, the Supreme Court will schedule a hearing. Keep in mind this could take a few months since there are a ton of SCAR appeals being filed.
  6. At this point, we will get to work on preparing documents such as a Comparable Market Analysis that will be used as part of your appeal.
  7. P.T.R.C. Inc. appears on your behalf to present all of the findings and evidence that shows you should be eligible for a reduction.
For successful cases, your reduction can come in a few different ways. For example, it may be directly reflected on your tax bill so that you pay the lower amount upfront, or, a refund check may be issued to you if you have already overpaid (this all depends on the timing of your hearing and the decision, as well as a few other factors). Lastly, you may see a partial adjustment on your bill and also receive a partial refund. 

Remember - if you file this year but do not receive a reduction, you can always file again next year. Same goes for successful cases as well - you can submit another application next year to try and reduce your property taxes even more!

If you have any questions about the grievance process, please give us a call at (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com. We look forward to working with you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Tax Grievance This Year

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


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Regardless of whether you're new to Long Island or an established homeowner in Nassau or Suffolk County, this time of year is one that you cannot ignore - it's filing season! Filing season for property tax grievances, that is. Every year homeowners just like you are overwhelmed with how much they have to pay in property taxes, but we at P.T.R.C. Inc. know that many times homeowners pay more than their fair share of property tax - this is why we so strongly recommend that you file a tax grievance.


If filing a tax grievance is in fact on your to-do list, here are a few important things to keep in mind:
  • The filing deadline for Nassau County is March 1, 2017. The filing deadline for Suffolk County is May 16, 2017.
  • The P.T.R.C. Inc. team does not charge you a fee to be qualified, and we will not charge a fee if there is no reduction. Our fees only apply to successful cases.
  • The grievance process can take 18-24 months in Nassau County and 12-18 months in Suffolk County, so you will want to get your application in early!
  • The owner, other applicant-taxpayer, or a representative who has the applicant's written authorization is permitted to sign the application form.
  • If your request for a reduction is turned down, your property taxes will remain unchanged and you may file again next year if you'd like.
  • Most incorporated villages require a separate filing if you want to grieve their taxes - contact us for more information if you have questions about this.
Ready to get started with your application? We have applications available right on our website, and you can submit yours to us online, via email/fax or by mail. 

If you have further questions about the process of filing a tax grievance this year, please do not hesitate to email us at info@ptrc.com or give us a call at (516)/(631) 484-0654 today.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Nassau County School Tax Bills Are Out!

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

P.T.R.C. Inc. | Property Tax Reduction Consultants | Nassau County School Tax Bills

Nassau County homeowners - it's that time of year again, the time where school tax bills are being delivered to your door. If you haven't gotten your October bill yet, keep an eye on your mail as it should be coming soon. On the other hand, if you already received it, let us ask you this - are you happy with the amount that you have to pay? If you're in tax shock over high how your bill is, turn to the experts at P.T.R.C. Inc. for help!

Here at P.T.R.C. Inc., our team knows how it feels to receive a tax bill that seems too high, and we want to help homeowners just like you feel more at ease over future bills by working with you on a tax grievance! The taxes you're receiving now are your 2016/2017 tax bills, and when you file a grievance with us, we'll help you work on your taxes for 2018/2019! 

We know what you're thinking - isn't that far in advance? While yes, it may seem like a long way off, in Nassau County it can take 18-24 months for the grievance process to be complete, so you must file a tax grievance early.

So why file?

The answer to this is simple - if you don't at least try, you'll never know if you're eligible for a reduction on your future property taxes! Our team has worked tirelessly since 1990 to save money for Long Island homeowners (find properties near you where we've saved here), and we would love to work with you next! 

As a homeowner, you are entitled to file a tax grievance, so we see no reason why you shouldn't give it a shot. Applications are available on our website, and submitting one to us is simple - either sign online, email/fax us, or send us a hard copy by mail.

Remember, at P.T.R.C. Inc., we do not charge a fee if there is no reduction - fees only apply to successful cases!

If you have questions about this year's school tax bills or would like more information about the grievance process, please email info@ptrc.com or give us a all at (516)/(631) 484-0654 today.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

P.T.R.C. Inc.'s Sean Acosta Tells All in Long Island Business News

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


P.T.R.C. Inc. | Property Tax Reduction Consultants | Long Island Property Taxes
Since 1990, the P.T.R.C. Inc. team has been helping Long Island homeowners with their property taxes in an effort to make sure that they are paying the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Led by president and founder, Sean Acosta, we've successfully handled 230,000 assessment challenges and have secured millions of dollars in savings for homeowners.

Recently, Sean sat down with Long Island Business News to answer questions about tax grievances, the process and more - let's dive into what he had to say.

First and foremost, Sean went over how counties figure out what to charge homeowners in property taxes and why your taxes can go up each year. The answer? Counties use property assessments (which are based on market value) and tax rates to determine property taxes. The reason property taxes can go up every year is because market values can change and budgets of local governments and school districts go up, which also means tax rates do too.

Next, Sean covered an important question that we bet many of you might have - why do some homeowners that live on the same street and in the same neighborhood pay different property taxes? The answer to this is simple - some homeowners have fought their property taxes while others have not. If you've already challenged your taxes, it is certainly possible that you can get another reduction, so whether you have or have not filed for a tax grievance in the past, it's worth looking into it this year.

In his interview Sean also addressed the question of how you can see if you have the right assessment and if you're paying the right amount of property taxes. Ultimately, each town has its own website with property tax and assessment information, or you can take a look at your tax bill. Once you have that information, you'll need to compare your home's market value to others in your neighborhood and see how things match up. Note: don't look at what others in your neighborhood pay in property taxes - comparable home sales is what you should be most concerned with!

And what about those homeowners who live in an incorporated village? Sean explains that you can fight those taxes too, but most villages issue a separate tax bill with assessments and market values that differ from the counties. Additionally, incorporated villages tend to have different filing deadlines.

If you're thinking about filing a tax grievance this year, don't push it off for any longer - send P.T.R.C. Inc. your application today! In Nassau County the process can last between 18 - 24 months, and in Suffolk County it can take from 12 - 18 months, so  you'll want to get started as soon as possible. Additionally, you don't want to risk missing the deadline, which is March 1, 2017 for Nassau County and May 16, 2017 for Suffolk County.

For more information, please visit www.ptrc.com or call (516)/(631) 484-0654 today.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Understanding the Fees Associated With a Tax Grievance


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If you feel as though you are paying too much in property taxes for your Long Island home, you're not alone. Both Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners have come to us for years to ask about their property taxes, and the good news is that there are ways to fight them - this, we refer to as filing a tax grievance.

Now, although the purpose of a tax grievance is to try and lower your taxes, you may be wondering about what fees are associated with the process of trying to achieve just that. When you work with P.T.R.C. Inc., we make it easy for you:


No reduction = no fee!

That's correct, you read right - we only charge a fee for successful cases. For those that do receive a reduction, our fee is 50% of the property tax reduction payable after official notification of the tax reduction. Some other fees to keep in mind are:
  • If a SCAR petition needs to be a filed, there may be a $30 court filing fee.
  • If you're in Suffolk County and you're eligible for a reduction, a $75 CMA fee applies unless you provide us with a recent certified appraisal.
Let's go back to the beginning for just a moment - you should also know that we do NOT charge a fee to be qualified.

If your request for a reduction ends up being denied, not only do we not charge a fee, but your property taxes will remain unchanged, so you won't have to worry about any added costs there either - there are no penalties! In fact, you can try to grieve your taxes again next year when this happens, and the same principal applies when you work with us - no reduction that time, no fee either.

To learn more about tax grievance deadlines, visit our website!

If you're ready to get started, we encourage you to send in your application sooner rather than later, as the grievance process can take a long time. Specifically, it can take anywhere from 18-24 months in Nassau County, and in Suffolk County, it can take anywhere from 12-18 months. And remember - no reduction, no fee from P.T.R.C. Inc.

For more information, please give us a call at (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email us at info@ptrc.com.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why Work With P.T.R.C. Inc. to File a Tax Grievance?

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

Property Tax Grievance | Long Island Property Taxes | P.T.R.C. Inc.
Applications to file a tax grievance for the 2018/2019 tax year are now available for Long Island homeowners, and if you're thinking about filing, we encourage you to start the process sooner rather than later. Although the deadline is March 1, 2017 for Nassau County residents and May 16, 2017 for Suffolk County residents, there's no reason why you shouldn't send your application in to us today!

If you haven't worked with us before to file a tax grievance, or if this is your first time filing altogether, we know you may be wondering what sets us apart and why you should trust our team. Below, we'll tell you.

  • We have been working with Long Island homeowners just like you since 1990 - we have 27 years of experience!
  • We have successfully handled 230,000 assessment challenges and have secured millions of dollars in reductions and refunds for our clients.
  • We only charge a fee for successful cases, so if you do not receive a reduction, you will not be charged! More on our fees here.
  • After you submit your signed application, our team takes care of all of the next steps on your behalf.
  • Our service is personalized for each client, and we work hard to make sure that each of our clients receive the attention they deserve.
While we could keep going, we thought you'd like to hear from our clients themselves - here are some of our client testimonials:

"Good job! Thank you! You fought city hall and won...Bravo!" - Patricia

"Thank you for helping my family with this reduction. My wife and I have just retired and the savings came just in the nick of time." - Charles & Karen

"Thank you. Your work on our behalf is much appreciated. We will recommend you to our family and friends." - Evelyn M.

So, do you think you're ready to get started? To learn more about P.T.R.C. Inc. and how we can help, please visit www.ptrc.com or call (516)/(631) 484-0654; inquires can also be emailed to info@ptrc.com. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What You Need to Know About Buying a Second Home

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

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Whether it be a vacation home in a different state, a summer house on the beach, or maybe even a retirement home, buying a second home is something a lot of people consider when the budget and timing is right. However, just because you've bought a first home already and are familiar with the process, that doesn't necessarily mean you can jump right into it again and make quick decisions - this too requires time and research to ensure that you're making smart choices (after all, this house is another investment).

If a second home has been on your mind lately, here are 5 important things you must know:

1. Don't buy anything on impulse.
As much as you may have that gut feeling, don't sign on the dotted line for the first home you see. Even if that does become the home you end up buying, you should see a few different options before making a final decision to ensure that you're 110% satisfied with your purchase.

2. Understand your long term goals.
What's the reason behind purchasing a second home? Are you looking for something nearby to get away to for a few years? Or, are you looking for some place that you will eventually retire too? Having a clear understanding of why you're buying a second home and what you plan to do with it in the future will really help you as you evaluate different properties.

3. You'll need to get to know the area.
Particularly for those with a vacation home in mind, it's important that you get to know your destination from the point of view of someone who is a resident, rather than a tourist. Even if you vacation to this place frequently, you may have different thoughts about it when you learn what's it like to live there full time. 

4. Consider maintenance needs.
The amount of time you plan to spend in your second home will play a big role in how much maintenance you're willing to do on your own. For example, if you're only there for a few months out of the year, will you be willing to travel to the home at other times of the year to take care of maintenance tasks? Understanding this will help you determine what type of home you should be looking for - for example, single family vs. a condo.

5. Know where your income is coming from.
Will your every day salary or savings be able to cover your second mortgage, or do you have plans to rent out the home when you aren't there? If renting is something you're considering to cover the cost of your second home, you then need to understand what it means to be a landlord and become familiar with all of the responsibilities that comes along with it.

For those of you planning to buy a second home on Long Island, we at P.T.R.C. Inc. are here to help if you have concerns about your new property taxes. We have been specializing in reducing Long Island property taxes since 1990 and have secured millions of dollars in refunds and reductions for our clients!

To learn more about what we do and how we can help you next, please call (516) or (631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com today.

Monday, August 22, 2016

3 Simple Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

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

There's always something to paid off - credit cards, student loans, car payments - but one of the biggest financial responsibilities we'll ever take on is a mortgage. And though we are given a certain timeframe to pay back this particular loan, whether it be 10 years, 15 years, or 30 years, we at P.T.R.C. Inc. know that many homeowners have a goal to relieve themselves of this responsibility faster than that.

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If you're hoping to eliminate your monthly mortgage payment quickly, here are a few strategies you can try:

Send more than what is due each month.
Should you have a little extra room in your budget, consider making a payment that is larger than what is due. The benefit here is that any extra you send typically goes to the principal balance, rather than just the interest, AND you'll probably wind up saving yourself up to what could be thousands of dollars in future accrued interest too.

Make extra payments whenever possible.
Expecting a large tax refund next year? Know that you'll be getting a large holiday bonus? Any time that you receive additional income, be smart about how you use it - one of the smartest things you can do is make additional mortgage payments. Even if you only do so once or twice a year, sending an extra payment now reduces the number of payments you'll need to make in the future.

Refinance with a loan that is shorter-term.
A 30 year mortgage may have made the most sense for you financially when you first purchased your home, but now that you are more established in your career and potentially making more money, you may find that you can afford to make higher payments each month. In this case, seek a new loan option that will have your mortgage paid off in less time (say 15 years for example) - you may even be able to find a new loan that has a lower interest rate too.

Since your mortgage is likely to be the biggest expense you have as a homeowner, the sooner you can eliminate that payment, the better! 

In addition to the mortgage, though, we also know that property taxes can be quite the expense, and the good news here is that although you won't be able to eliminate your property taxes forever by making extra payments or refinancing anything, you may be able to at least lower your payment through a tax grievance!

Here at P.T.R.C. Inc., we have been working to help Long Island homeowners lower their property taxes since 1990, and you could be next! To learn more about the process, please visit www.ptrc.com or call (516) or (631) 484-0654 today.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

What Causes Property Taxes to Rise?

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

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Long Island homeowners - have you ever seen an increase in your property tax bill and not wonder why there was a change? We didn't think so - we'd be curious too! Although there are plenty of homeowner expenses that are fixed, meaning that they won't change, property taxes aren't one of them. That said, you'll at least want to know what could cause a potential increase! Here are a few answers for you:

Completely remodeling or other home improvements.
Remodeling entire rooms in your home or even making minor updates will most likely result in your home's assessment going up, and since your home's assessment is part of the property tax equation, it could result in higher taxes too.

An increase in property value throughout the neighborhood.
If the property values in your neighborhood are going up, chances are yours will too. Again, since this is considered in the property tax equation, you may experience higher property taxes the next time yours are due as a result.

It becomes an economic necessity.
Property taxes are a major source of funding for local governments, so if your county or city is having budget troubles, raising property taxes could be their solution to make up the money that they need.

School districts also rely heavily on property taxes for funding, and if expenses become too much that they require additional help from the local government, again, raising property taxes for homeowners may be their solution.

Although it can be unavoidable at times, there is something you can do if you feel that your property taxes are too high - file a tax grievance! Here at P.T.R.C. Inc., we work with homeowners in both Nassau and Suffolk County to try and find savings on their property taxes - you could be next!

When the application period opens (check our website for updates on this), all you have to do is submit a signed application to us, and then we'll take care of the rest.

For more information about how we can help, please give us a call at (516) or (631) 484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com.

Monday, August 8, 2016

4 Myths About Property Taxes

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

Whether you recently became a homeowner for the first time or are moving onto owning your second home, there's one thing that should never be overlooked - property taxes. What have you been told about property taxes before? Between word of mouth and the massive amounts of information out there in the world today, there could be a chance that some of what you've heard isn't necessarily 100% true. That said, today, we're here to clear up some of the most common myths we've found to ensure that the information you have is right - take a look below.

Myth #1: Assessments are the only reason property taxes can be high.

Yes, your home's assessment does contribute to your property tax bill, but it's not the only factor that goes into it - property taxes are determined by multiplying the property's assessment by the tax rates for school districts, counties, special districts and municipalities, so you need to consider what your current tax rates are too. More information on this is available here.

Myth #2: An assessor determines property taxes.

An assessor's job is to figure out what your property's market value is, not what property taxes will be. While the assessment is a part of the property tax equation, the assessor's primary responsibility is to figure that number out - property tax rates are determined elsewhere.

Myth #3: Tax rates can help you figure out if you should expect an increase or decrease in property taxes.

Since tax rates are just one factor that goes into determining property taxes, you can't assume that your property taxes will go up or down just because the tax rate does. For example, even if the tax rate decreases, you could still see an increase in your property taxes if your home's assessment has gone up.

Myth #4: There is nothing you can do about your property taxes.

If you feel that you're paying too much in property taxes, you may file a tax grievance in an attempt to find some savings. Tax grievances are formal complaints against the assessed value of your property, and filing for one allows your assessment to be reviewed by the assessor to determine if there is any room for a reduction.

Live on Long Island? If so and you think that you're paying more than necessary in property taxes, the P.T.R.C. Inc. team can help! Each year during the application period, we accept applications from both Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners and then take care of the grievance process on their behalf - we only charge for successful cases too!

To learn more about what we do and how we can help, please give us a call at (516) or (631) 484-0654 or send us an email at info@ptrc.com.

Friday, July 8, 2016

How Are Property Taxes Calculated?

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

Being a homeowner comes with the responsibility of taking on a ton of different expenses - mortgages, mortgage insurance, electric bills, water bills, landscaping, you get the idea. But aside from these, there is one very important expense that may sometimes be forgotten, or at least overlooked when purchasing a home or when evaluating homeowner costs - property taxes.

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We all have them, but all too often (especially here on Long Island), homeowners are paying more than they should be in property taxes. That's why it's so important to know how they're calculated - if you're paying more than you should be, you need to be aware of it!

Determining Property Taxes

To find out how much your property tax bill will be, all you have to do is multiply your property's assessment (which is your assessment minus exemptions) by the tax rates for municipalities, counties, school districts and special districts.

Now, for those who are thinking of purchasing a home, chances are you're looking at the listing to give you a good idea about what you'll be paying in property taxes. However, it's important to keep in mind that what you see on the home's listing is typically a summary of the current year's property tax bill - when homes are sold, assessed values tend to change, which, you guessed it, impacts your property taxes on that particular home. It's also important to remember that the current homeowner may have been eligible for exemptions that might not apply to you, and also, what the home was assessed at for the current homeowner might not be an accurate reflection of the market value to date.

As a team that has been working to help lower property taxes for Long Island homeowners since 1990, we at P.T.R.C. Inc. know that understanding property taxes can be confusing! No need to worry though, we're here to answer any questions you may have regarding your property taxes, and if you file a grievance application, we'll take all of the necessary steps on your behalf to try and find you some savings.

For more information about our company or the grievance process, please visit us on our website or call (516) or (631) 484-0654 today.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Nassau County Grievance Deadline

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

The Nassau County Grievance Deadline is tomorrow! If you're a homeowner in Nassau County and you still plan on signing an application, we encourage you to contact Property Tax Reduction Consultants as soon as possible.

We're here and ready to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have in regards to the grievance process. We can be reached by calling 516-484-0654.  Remember, this is your absolute last chance to challenge your property taxes! Don't miss out!

For more information and to sign an application, visit www.ptrc.com.