Showing posts with label Tax Grievance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tax Grievance. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2018 Nassau County Property Reassessment Delayed

Unfortunately, Nassau County properties will not be reassessed early in 2018 as it was originally planned. This delay is great for those who have been filing for reductions and it is the complete opposite for those who have not. They will still be paying for the reductions of others until the reassessment happens:

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Make Sure You Get Out and Vote 
In Nassau County and all of America, the only way to get your voice heard is to go out and vote. Regardless of which candidate you support, they are going to support your interests so you need to make your interests known. The property tax issue in Nassau County is a big one, and whichever candidates are elected will have to right the ship! Properties all over the county are being wrongly assessed and it is going to impact the innocent homeowners.

Property Values Are Inaccurate 
Claudia Decker, a Long Beach resident for over 20 years, was told on October 19th that she would have just four weeks to make a $5,000 payment on her property taxes. A rise in school district taxes is largely responsible, but the faulty assessment on her property is more to blame:

  • Nassau County put a value of $602,900 on Decker's home. 
  • If she had filed under Mangano's program in 2016, her property would have been valued at $390,000. 
  • The homeowners who DID file for grievance in 2016 were granted reductions and Decker was left paying for their reductions. 
  • Her taxes will go up again next year. 

When Will It Happen? 
The old system left homeowners like Decker paying for the reductions of their neighbors. After investigation, Newsday found that hundreds of properties throughout the county were being wrongfully assessed during Mangano's term. Filing for grievance is important and once this issue is sorted out, P.T.R.C. Inc. will be here to get you the reductions you deserve!

You can go ahead and read more about this delay here!

If you have questions about your property tax reductions, please feel free to reach out to the experts at P.T.R.C. Inc. We have a friendly customer service staff that would love to answer any and all of your concerns.

Call 516/631-484-0654 or email info! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Best Ways to Spend Your Property Tax Reductions

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

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It's not a coincidence that tax season comes right before vacation time as our government wants to get people out and traveling. Vacations have always been a popular way to spend tax reductions and there are plenty of great places to go this year. If it was a big reduction year for you, you can splurge and go on one of these amazing vacations: 
  • Orlando, Florida 
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona 
  • Maui, Hawaii 
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 
  • Los Angeles, California
Home Improvement 
Home improvement work needs to be looked at as an investment. If you decide to add an extension or dormer, that is going to raise your taxes, but the return value on your home might be worth it. Studies from realtors show that renovating a kitchen or bathroom is the best 'bang for your buck.' You can't completely rip and re-do a bathroom for around 6-10 thousand dollars if you are a budget conscious. But realtors say that a new bathroom is most likely going to make your home sell faster and for closer to your asking price! 

College Savings
It can be hard to think of savings when you receive a tax refund check, but the best homeowners are always finding ways to save! If your friends at P.T.R.C. Inc. got you a nice little refund check this season, why not set some aside for your children's future. Ask anyone who has put kids through college and they'll tell you they wished they saved a little more early on. If you are forced to play catch up during their tenure, or if they have to accrue debt, it won't be good for their post-college financial situation. Every dollar helps! 

We aren't party planners or travel agents, but we sure can get you the most returns from your property taxes. 

If you have any questions about filing a tax grievance, call 516/631-484-0654 or email us at and one of our friendly customer service representatives will point you in the right direction. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

What Factors Affect My Property Taxes?

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

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We can tell you whatever you want to know about property taxes and that knowledge comes from years of experience in the industry. Twenty-seven to be exact, and we have evolved and transformed with the market throughout the years. No matter what the current state of the economy is, P.T.R.C. Inc. has always been successful in earning reductions for our clients. So as we get into the heart of tax season, we thought it would be cool to tell you a little more about your property taxes! 

Value of Property
This is perhaps the factor that impacts your property taxes the most. The local taxing authority, in this case Nassau and Suffolk County, will come to your home and perform an appraisal on your property. They determine the value by looking at the size of your property in proportion to the rest of your community. Then they look at your home and the improvements or work that it might need. Is there a new bathroom or kitchen? Did the owner recently add an extension to the home? All of these things will come into play when assessing property value.
Tax Rate 
The property tax rate may be expressed as a percentage or as a millage rate. One 'mill' has a value of $1 for every $1000 your property is worth, Taxing authorities determine tax rate by multiplying the assessed value of the property by the mill rate and then dividing by 1000. The purpose of the millage rate is to evenly divide school and government funding amongst homeowners. 
Assessed Value
Local taxing authorities might undersell the value of your home in a weak economy to help stimulate spending, but this is not always the case. The value of your home might be higher or lower during a government appraisal compared to a private appraisal, so this value doesn't necessarily reflect your properties exact value. As we said earlier, a number of different factors can impact your appraisal value. Locations that run along busy roads are often given tax breaks because they are less desirable on the market. 

Long Island property taxes are particularly high because of the value of the suburban properties. Located near beaches, cities and farms, both Nassau ans Suffolk County provide some of the most expensive property in all of the United States. If you want to keep those expensive property taxes in check, just reach out to P.T.R.C. Inc. and we can help. 

To file a tax grievance, call 516/631-484-0654 or click here! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

3 Good Reasons to File a Tax Grievance With P.T.R.C. Inc.

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

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When it comes to Long Island property taxes, you can't afford to put your fate in the hands of an amateur. We pay some of the highest property taxes in the entire country, making it even more important to find a tax reduction service you can trust. For over 27 years, P.T.R.C. Inc. has been that company and we want to continue our success with you in the upcoming tax season. Here are THREE good, no GREAT reasons to file your grievance with P.T.R.C. Inc. this year.  

Pay for Success 
At P.T.R.C. Inc., we have a reason to give each individual case our undivided attention. We only get paid if your reduction is successful, so we will work with you every step of the way to ensure the best possible result. The other thing to keep in mind is that there is absolutely NO penalty for a failed reduction. You won't have to pay our team and the county will not raise your taxes because of your challenge. So.. what do you have to lose?
Sit Back and Relax 
Once you submit your application, we'll handle the process and you can relax knowing you are in good hands. If you live in Nassau County, we'll submit your application to the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) or for Suffolk residents, the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). We will then follow the application all the way through the appeals process with the Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) and we're confident that we will earn you a deduction. Just sit back, relax and let us handle it! 
Trust Our Experience
For over 27 years, P.T.R.C. Inc. has successfully handled over 230,000 assessment challenges. We have secured millions of dollars in reductions and we aren't stopping anytime soon. If you are still skeptical, we want you to answer this question-- who do you trust the with the big game on the line? A proven veteran, or an amateur who has never been there before? If you would choose the veteran, you need to file with P.T.R.C. Inc. today! 

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

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

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 to download your application. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email

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 or give us a call 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

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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 or call (516)/(631) 484-0654 today.

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

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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 or call (516)/(631) 484-0654; inquires can also be emailed to 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Understanding The Tax Grievance Process

Long Island homeowners are no strangers to high property taxes, which is why here at P.T.R.C. Inc., we have made it our mission to ensure that they are paying the lowest amount of property taxes as required by law. How do we do so? By working on their behalf during the tax grievance process.

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If you're a new homeowner or a homeowner that hasn't taken action to try and reduce your property taxes in the past, we know you might not be familiar with what a tax grievance is and how the process works. That's why today, we're here to share the steps we take so that you are well informed when the opportunity to file comes around again - here's how it works:

Step 1: The first step is for you to submit your signed application during the application period (contact us for specific details on when this is). You'll need to fill out the application based on your county, which can be found on our website when the application period is open.

Step 2: Once we receive your application, look out for a confirmation from our team - we'll confirm that the application has been submitted within the deadline and that you're eligible to file the grievance application.

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

Step 4: Depending on the decision made by the ARC or BAR, we will either accept the reduction or we will move onto a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR).

Note: if a reduction is denied at the board level, SCAR is the only way that a reduction can be obtained. A $30 court filing fee is required in order for SCAR to purchase an index number - this guarantees that your case will be heard. 

Step 5: P.T.R.C. Inc. purchases the index number for you and completes all of the necessary paperwork on your behalf. After the appeal has been filed for, the Supreme Court will schedule a hearing. 

Note: many SCAR appeals are filed each year, so it can take several months to get a hearing.

Step 6: Your P.T.R.C. Inc. representative works to prepare all of the documentation needed for the appeal process, including a Comparable Market Analysis.

Step 7: P.T.R.C Inc. appears on your behalf in the hearing and presents all of the evidence needed in order to successfully obtain a reduction.

Step 8: For successful cases, depending on your hearing date and the municipality, there are a few ways in which the reduction can be reflected. For example, you may see it on your tax bills, at which point you would pay your taxes based on the lowered assessed value - in this case, no refund is due to you. 

In some instances, you may receive a refund check directly, which would be issued for any overpayment of taxes that resulted from the reduction.

Lastly, there could be a partial adjustment in your assessed value, in which case you would also receive a partial refund.

If your request for a reduction is turned down, you will not be subjected to any penalties and you can try to file again the following year. 

Still have questions about the grievance process and how our team can help? To learn more, please visit or give us a call at (516) or (631) 484-0654. We can also be reached via email at!