Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Why Are My Property Taxes so High?

 


It is not uncommon for people to wonder why their property taxes are so high. When you compare the tax rates of other states, they are usually lower than in New York. And, let's face it, property taxes on Long Island are not always cheap. Why is that the case? We have a few answers for you and what you can do to help lower these prices.
 

Close Proximity to the City

Property tax rates vary across different towns and cities on Long Island, but they all remain high due to the high demand for living space close to New York City. Commuting to and from the city is easy through public transport, such as the LIRR, and by driving.
 

Higher Home Values

Rising home values have resulted in higher assessments and property taxes for homes. Specifically, the way property taxes are calculated is based on two factors: market value (based on recent sale prices) and assessments (the price that assessors set for each property). With this, it's no wonder that your property taxes go up every year.
 

Local Municipalities

Local municipalities can increase or decrease your property tax rate based on how much they need for schools, road work, and services from government-funded programs such as police and fire departments. These factors tend to change every year, so keep an eye out for how they affect your property taxes.
 

What You Can Do

It can be stressful dealing with increases in your property taxes every year. You've got a lot on your plate to juggle, and those high bills are not something you want to have to deal with. Luckily, the team here at P.T.R.C., Inc. is ready to help you get those numbers lowered!

Since 1990, we have worked with both homeowners and taxing authorities with an unsurpassed ability to communicate, facilitate and achieve great success in the assessment challenge process.

Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction on Long 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

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Outdoor Fall Adventures on Long Island in 2021

 

Fall is a wonderful time to get your fill of outdoor activities in. The weather is not too warm and not too cool, making for the perfect temperature. Plus, along with fall comes many fun outdoor activities that only come around this time of year! So buckle up because we’ve got a long list of all the autumn adventures to be had this year on Long Island.

Pumpkin Picking

Can’t have autumn without pumpkins! Whether you decide to paint them, carve funny faces, or place them around for decorations— going the entirety of fall without collecting a single pumpkin is a crime! Now is the perfect time to visit a nearby pumpkin patch with the whole family.
 

Hiking

Many hiking trails throughout Suffolk and Nassau county are perfect for exploring this time of year. Remember to always follow the provided path and wear solid footwear as the walkway may have a few leaves on it— which could lead to slips and falls.
 

Apple Picking

There are many farms and orchards throughout the island that are still open for apple picking! However, be sure to give it a go as soon as possible since apple season doesn’t last longer than mid-October. The sooner you go, the better apples you’ll be able to grab.
 

Fall Festivals

No matter where you live on Long Island, there is always bound to be some local fall event going on during October. From street fairs to shopping opportunities, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the outdoors until the weather gets cold. Here are a few examples of what you have to look forward to the rest of this month!

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, October 8, 2021

Is There a Limit to How Many Times I Can Grieve my Taxes?

 

Every year, your property taxes go up. And for Long Island homeowners, this is something that they have to face every year. But luckily, there’s a way to get your property taxes lowered— through our grievance process! And, of course, you must be wondering: if my property taxes go up every year, can I apply for the grievance process every year? 

The answer is yes!
 

How Often Can I Grieve My Property Taxes?

As we stated above, you can apply to get your property taxes lowered every year! For those who have already reduced their taxes in the past, the grievance only applies to the current tax year and future years, so you cannot grieve taxes you have already paid. And the best part? Your property taxes can not go up because of a challenge, and we only charge for successful cases.

More About P.T.R.C., Inc’s Grievance Process

As a homeowner, you have the right to file a property tax grievance, should you disagree with the taxes owed. It starts from you submitting your signed application, and the team here at P.T.R.C., Inc. will confirm that we received your application within the deadline and if you’re eligible to file the grievance application.

P.T.R.C., Inc. will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (B.A.R.) in Suffolk County or the Assessment Review Commission (A.R.C.) in Nassau County. Based on the decision rendered by the A.R.C. or B.A.R., P.T.R.C., Inc. will either accept the reduction or proceed to the Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR). SCAR is the only way to obtain a reduction if denied at the board level. We have proven extremely successful here! A $30 court filing fee is required for SCAR to purchase an index number which guarantees your case to be heard.

P.T.R.C., Inc. will then purchase the index number and complete all necessary paperwork on your behalf. Once your appeal is filed, it is up to the Supreme Court to schedule a hearing (This can take up to several months because of the numerous SCAR appeals being filed). We will prepare all the necessary documentation, including a Comparable Market Analysis, to be used in the appeal process. We will also appear on your behalf and present all the needed evidence to succeed.

Once successful, depending on the municipality and your hearing date, a reduction granted can be reflected/adjusted in several ways. Such as, the deduction 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. Another method would be that a refund check can be issued for any overpayment of taxes due to the reduction. An additional process can be a partial adjustment in your assessed value and a partial refund. Many factors can influence how the different municipalities reflect/adjust your property tax bill; each city and reduction can be unique.

Homeowners, Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction on Long 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

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Our Favorite Fall Spots Long Island

 

As we welcome autumn to Long Island, more and more fun activities are becoming available to residents all over the island! As such a great season for outdoor family adventures, it's only fair that we share all our favorites with you! Here are some of the best spots on Long Island that you should add to your fall bucket list:

Apple Picking

There's nothing like picking your own apples fresh from the tree! It's a great activity for families all over the island to participate in. Harbes Family Farm has apple picking and more, as their fall events also include pumpkin picking, corn mazes, spooky night mazes, and their fall hayride.

Wine Tasting

Long Island's wine country is one that can't be beaten. These family-owned vineyards have open areas to enjoy the fall weather, and as the leaves begin to turn beautiful colors, it makes for some great photo ops! Not only that but they're bound to have seasonal flavors and ciders that will have you feeling the full embrace of the season.
 

Haunted Happenings

Of course, it's impossible to think of fall without also thinking of Halloween time. And Long Island has all the spooky spots to visit this year! From haunted houses to ghost tours, you'll get your Halloween fill until the day finally comes. Be sure to check with the attraction's information of how scary each spot is and the ages they recommend.

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, September 24, 2021

How to Bring Fall Into Your Home

 

Welcome fall! It’s the season of fallen leaves, pumpkins, and cozy sweaters. And with the weather changing outdoors, it’s time to bring the autumn vibes indoors. Homeowners across Long Island, we have some of the best tips and home d├ęcor suggestions to utilize this year!
 

Fall Scents

The best way to make your home match the fall season is to add some fall scents! From candles to aromatherapy, when you walk into your house and smell deep cinnamon, sweet pumpkin, cozy bonfire, or fallen leaves, you’ll never want to leave. Even cooking up some of the best comfort foods can bring a special aroma to your home that can’t be replicated.
 

Cute Decorations

Whether it’s little pumpkins sitting around the living room or multi-colored leaf wreaths on your doors, there are so many kinds of fall decorations to add to your home this year. Just make sure it all matches and that everything isn’t too cluttered!
 

Open The Window

Luckily, this is the comfortable in-between period where your AC is no longer needed, but it’s not quite time to turn on your heater. By opening your windows, you allow the gentle autumn breeze to enter your home— not to mention the sights and sounds this season brings with it.
 

Celebrate The Season

Sometimes, the key to bringing fall into your home is watching movies, listening to music, or reading all things fall-themed. Whether that’s certain Halloween movies for you or comforting tunes that you witness the leaves drop to, autumn is one of the best seasons to get creative as a homeowner!

Homeowners, Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction on Long 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

Monday, September 20, 2021

How to Stay Organized

 


Whether it’s for work or personal reasons, staying organized is the best way to lower stress and increase production for anyone. When your space gets messy, it can feel like it’s impossible to get essential items done off your to-do list. So, we have some helpful tips for staying organized and de-stressing.

Write Things Down

In this day and age, everything is electronic. More often than not, when you need to dot something down, your go-to will either be your phone or your computer. But, did you know that most people remember important details when they write them out by hand? Write down important notes, dates, and events so that you can find the information easily.

Only Keep What You Need

One of the best ways to stay organized is to declutter and get rid of items you’ve held onto for way too long. It helps no one to hoard items that are no longer needed or serving a purpose! Your future self will thank you later.

Avoid Procrastination

The longer you put something off, the more and more the weight of the responsibility will cause you issues and stress. Getting those important items off your to-do list as soon as possible will not only lower your stress levels but help with your organization— one less thing to worry about! Planning ahead is vital, and for times like tax season, it can be a lifesaver.

Keep Everything Where It Belongs

Having a home for every type of document or item is a great way to make sure nothing gets lost. As the days wind down to Tax Day, having your receipts, tax information, and other valuable paperwork separated and ready for the season will make your life so much easier.

Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction on Long 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

Friday, September 10, 2021

It's Never Too Early to Prepare for Tax Season!

 

Tax season may feel far away; however, often, homeowners will be completely caught off guard by its arrival. They think they have all the time in the world when all of a sudden— it’s like a wave of extra fees! So, we’re here to purpose that it’s never really too early to begin preparing for tax season, and here are some key points as to why this is true:
 

Organization is Key

The key to a smooth tax season is organization, and sometimes it takes a lot of preparation to ensure you’ve got all you need. In the time you have before the season hits, here are some essential items to check off your to-do list:
  • Create a filing system
  • Find the best tax filing programs that can help
  • Keep track of receipts
  • Mark important upcoming dates
  • Keep an eye out for any changes

Change is Inevitable

Many homeowners don’t realize that their property taxes are susceptible to changes every year. This is due to changes in your school district or local government budgets, revenue, total assessed value, and tax rates. So, the sooner you know of these changes, the better equipped you’ll be to enter tax season.
 

You Can Start Applying Now!

You can start applying for your property tax grievance now through us! We are accepting applications and encourage Long Island homeowners to give it a try since we only charge for successful cases. With no risk to you, you could be getting your property taxes lowered and lifting a weight off your shoulders during tax season.

It’s never too early to get started!
 

Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction on Long 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