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