Tuesday, December 28, 2021

2022 Financial New Year's Resolutions

 

We are inching closer to the end of 2021, and it's time to start thinking about resolutions for next year. The New Year is the perfect time to start fresh and tackle new challenges. If you're looking for some resolutions that will help your finances in 2022, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
 

Create a Budget

The sooner you plan out a budget for yourself this new year, the sooner you can ensure you're saving money and spending wisely. This way, you'll be able to keep track of your expenses from the start. Plus, the new year is a perfect time to evaluate your spending practices and see how you can adjust to an appropriate amount.
 

Track Your Spending

There are so many innovations in the world today that make it easy to keep track of your spending throughout the year. And if you start right at the beginning of 2022, it will make it even easier to stay on track for the rest of the year. Consider secure apps or websites to help you out.
 

Set Up An Emergency Fund

When you have an emergency fund available, it gives you one less thing to be stressed about during the year. With this fund, you don't have to worry about money if something unexpected happens. Everyone's financial situation is different, but it can't hurt to have an emergency fund to assist when a rainy day comes.
 

Consider Getting Your Property Taxes Lowered

The new year is full of potential for new beginnings and brand new starts. However, the dread of tax season tends to creep up quickly, with many homeowners still not prepared when it comes around. So, begin this new year the right way by applying for our grievance process! It will be one less stressor to mark off your list, so you can enjoy 2022 to the fullest and save money. 

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, December 20, 2021

How to Save Money on Holiday Gifts

 

It’s that time of the year when most of your money is spent on getting gifts for loved ones. The holidays tend to be a heavy burden on your wallet, with many expectations and traditions not feeling so forgiving if you’re trying to save money. However, there are plenty of ways to save money on holiday gifts while still enjoying your holidays to the fullest. Here are some tips we have for you!
 

Buy Gifts in Advance

The longer you wait to get all the gifts you need, the more and more expensive it could be. From needing to spend extra on express shipping so that it gets to you before the holidays to missing out on sales, it’s never a good idea to buy too last minute. If it is a little too late, a gift card or cash is always a good alternative.
 

Set a Budget

Whether you’re setting an overall budget or specific budgets for each person you’re planning on getting gifts for, this is a great way to ensure you don’t overspend. Your wallet will thank you in the future when you see how much you saved rather than unnecessarily spending!

Consider Group Gifts

If you’re buying gifts for a family or a group of people, consider putting together an entire gift package with things that they may need in the future. This will help because it’s something useful for everyone and is cheaper than buying individual gifts.
 

Wrap Presents Yourself

Another key to saving money on gifts this holiday season is to wrap presents yourself instead of buying wrapping paper and ribbons at the store. There’s no need to spend a fortune on presentation when it is ripped up and tossed to the side anyway. In fact, it’s helpful to reuse old bags from previous years, use cheaper wrapping paper, and wrap in bulk.
 

Contact us to Save Money After the Holidays

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, December 8, 2021

What if My Request is Turned Down?

 

Your property taxes go up every single year. So even if your assessment remains unchanged, your taxes increase. But, there is something you can do about this! As a homeowner, you are entitled to file a Property Tax Grievance. A Property Tax Grievance allows your assessment to be reviewed by the Assessor to see if a reduction is warranted. And, in a perfect world, all assessments would be approved. 

But, on the off chance that your request is turned down, here’s what you can do.
 

Assessor Review

As stated above, an assessor will review your request to see if a reduction is warranted for your case. If the Assessor does not reduce your assessment, an appeal can be filed to have an impartial hearing officer determine if your house is overvalued for tax purposes, which is where we come in!
 

Our Process

Once you file with us, you will receive confirmation from P.T.R.C., Inc. that we received your application within the deadline, and you’re eligible to file the grievance application. From there, we 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 we will proceed to the Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR).
 

What if My Request is Turned Down?

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 buy 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 appear on your behalf and present all the needed evidence to succeed.

And, in the end, if your request is fully turned down, your property taxes will remain unchanged. There are no penalties, and you can file again next year if you choose.

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, December 3, 2021

How to Stay Warm For Less

 

'Tis the season to watch the snowfall while cuddled up by the warm fire. Staying warm all winter long is important, but sometimes it can bring a heavy burden on homeowners' wallets. So, when it comes to heating your home the energy-efficient way, we've got some helpful tips to help you save money this season.
 

Warm Up First

Before you decide to reach for your thermostat, try to keep warm the old-fashioned way. From blankets to hot drinks such as tea or hot chocolate, there are plenty of ways to stay comfortable in winter without putting your heater up to 75 degrees.
 

Check Your Appliances

Some people have old appliances that use too much energy for their home's size or age. If you think this might be the case in your home, talk to an electrician about how they can help reduce your utility bills while keeping you warm this winter!

Check Your Heating

Make sure your heating system is in good working order by having it serviced regularly or replaced with a newer model if necessary. This will ensure that there aren't any surprises when temperatures drop this season.
 

Watch Your Lights

We know how easy it is to keep your lights on longer now that the days are shorter, but much energy can be used if you don't turn them off! Turn off the lights in rooms that aren't being used for more than 15 minutes at a time. These small actions will save a lot of energy and lower your heating bill.

Seal Your Home

If your heat is escaping, then that means your HVAC system has to work extra hard to keep you and your family warm. Make sure you're sealing drafts by caulking around windows and doors. Also, make sure your insulation is up-to-date and insulates the heating in your home.

And if you're looking for other ways to save money, consider applying for our grievance process to get your property taxes lowered!
 

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, November 29, 2021

How to Save Money During the Holiday Season

 

This season is a busy one, and already starting, people across the country are shopping for their friends, family, and home right now. With the hustle and bustle of this whole holiday period, it can feel overwhelming for you and your wallet! Luckily, there are many ways to save on money for the rest of this year. Here's everything you need to know:
 

Buy Gifts Early

Now is the time to start grabbing all those gifts! With Cyber Monday deals and Black Friday sales still lingering, buy presents in advance if possible so that you can take advantage of discounts available right now. Of course, keep in mind that as the holidays get closer that some prices might increase.
 

Create Lists

Start by making a list before shopping for all your gifts to know what you need to buy and how much it will cost. Buy only what's on the list, don't stray from it! You'll end up spending less in the end, and your future self will thank you for it!
 

Set a Budget

It's essential to enter this holiday season with a very clear budget. Keep it realistic, and always keep it in mind! When you stick to your budget, you're less likely to spend extra money on items you don't need. This is also a great way to track how much you have paid by the end of the holiday season.
 

Find New Ways to Save Money

Even if you follow these tips, there might be other areas of your life where you feel you're spending too much. If this is the case, look into these issues and see how you can make changes for the better.

For example, if your property taxes are high, it's time to apply for a property tax grievance!
 

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

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Thanksgiving Home Checklist

 

Are you feeling stressed about the holiday season? Do you feel like your to-do list is getting out of control? Well, if Thanksgiving home checklist preparation is on your mind, then we're here to help you! There are so many things to think about when preparing for Thanksgiving, and it can be easy to forget some of the basics. Don't worry, though! We've compiled a list of all the must-dos before you host your family at your home this year.

Clean Your Kitchen

Your kitchen will be a hotspot for this holiday, so it's essential that it's organized and ready to be occupied by many people. Remember when you clean up your kitchen to get rid of any leftovers. You want your house to smell fresh when guests arrive, not like Thanksgiving dinner!

Stock up on Food

Make sure you're fully stocked on food! Buy your turkey ahead of time, organize your refrigerator so it will fit all your food, and ask guests to bring their home-cooked meals as well. Not many stores are open on Thanksgiving, and even if they are, it isn't guaranteed that they'll have everything in stock.
 

Go Shopping

Get all the necessities for hosting your company: dish soap, toilet paper, hand soap, sponges, trash bags, etc. This way, you won't have to run out in a panic to find items you ran out of.
 

Safety First

The most important thing you can do this time of year is to ensure that everyone's safety comes first! Make sure all smoke detectors have batteries and are working properly. Also, double-check the electrical outlets in your home and replace any burnt-out bulbs or fuses.

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, November 22, 2021

How Long is the Grievance Process?

 

When it comes to getting your property taxes reduced, many homeowners are hesitant to start since it seems like a convoluted process. When, in fact, the grievance process is a lot more straightforward than you may realize! Not only that, but when you invest in a trustworthy team, you'll know all the hard parts will be taken care of for you.

But, it's essential to understand the timeline when it comes to the process as a whole. Here's how long you can expect everything to take from when you first apply to when your case is settled:
 

The Starting Point

One of the most important parts about applying for a grievance is that you don't miss your county's designated timelines! Deadlines are put in place every year for both Suffolk and Nassau county, and you can only file once a year. So don't miss them!
 

How Long is the Grievance Process?

From here, your application enters the unrolling grievance process. It can take some time, with some processes taking 18 months from beginning to end. However, regardless of when your case is settled, the results will always be retroactive to the beginning of the tax year for which you filed your property tax grievance. And keep in mind that throughout your process, our team will be in touch about new changes or updates in your case.
 

There's No Risk to You

We only charge for successful cases, so applying for a grievance is at no risk to you! Tax rates generally increase every year, so even if your assessment remains unchanged, your taxes increase. So, when you invest in our team and apply, you are one step closer to feeling a weight lifted from your property taxes burdens.
 

Long Island Homeowners, Get in Touch With us Today to Get Your Property Taxes Lowered!

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, November 8, 2021

The Areas We Serve

 

A common question we get a lot here at P.T.R.C., Inc. is about what areas we serve in helping lower property taxes. And since 1990, Sean Acosta and his team have helped homeowners save millions of dollars in property taxes— exclusively on Long Island.
 

We Serve Homeowners Across Long Island

For years we have been challenging assessments for over-burdened Long Island homeowners. Both Nassau and Suffolk County trust in us, with many of your very own neighbors saving a ton of money already. So, to answer that common question: we only serve Long Island, Suffolk and Nassau County, homeowners here at P.T.R.C., Inc.
 

More About Us

Built on a foundation of experience and integrity, P.T.R.C., Inc. is recognized as fair and honest. Our clients benefit directly from our close working relationships with the assessing units throughout the years!

As the leader in property tax challenges, the staff at P.T.R.C., Inc. is dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property tax as required by law.

Experience the difference in working with a team of experts who look forward to talking to you.

Start Applying Now

It’s never too early to begin your application process! The sooner you apply for a grievance, the less stress it will be on you when the deadlines come around. There’s no fee for unsuccessful cases, so there’s no risk to you! Save money, relieve stress, and know that we’ve got you covered every step of the way.
 

Long Island Homeowners, Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction

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 29, 2021

5 Halloween Home Safety Tips

 


Halloween is this weekend! With spooks and candy galore, it's a fun holiday for celebration— but it's a time where safety should not be overlooked. This Halloween home safety checklist will help you avoid the most common mistakes homeowners make on their property during this time of year.

1. Perfect Lighting

Ensure all exterior lights work properly and are well lit to guide children safely around the exterior of your house. Consider using an outside motion sensor light or glow sticks to add a spooky but safe ambiance.
 

2. Remember Fire Safety

Avoid using too many flammable materials such as spider webs and other types of netting, as they tend to cause issues. Also, ensure that if you're using any extension cords, they are the correct ones for outdoor use.
 

3. Keep Your Pets in Mind

Please keep your pets safe by keeping them inside or in an enclosed area where they can't escape. If you know your pet will be scared by spooky decorations outside, then it's best to avoid setting those up around your home! Don't want your fluffy buddies to get too spooked this season.

4. Decoration Safety

Avoid setting up any decorations that have loose parts or stick out too much. If anything is blocking the pathway to your door, it could result in trips, falling, or serious injury. Keep all decorations up high enough so that children can't reach them, and inspect each ornament before putting it out on display.
 

5. Clean Your Yard

Check your yard before the big night. Remove anything that could be dangerous for trick-or-treaters, such as obstacles or leaves on the ground. Take the day before to make sure there's a clean and clear path towards your candy.
 

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 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

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

End of Summer Checklist for Homeowners

 

It's hard to believe summer will be ending soon, but there's still some time before the long days are gone! So, during this time, it's vital to get some end-of-summer to-dos off your checklist to ensure you're fully prepared for what fall has to bring. And we here at P.T.R.C., Inc. have some of the best tips for Long Island homeowners like you!

Clean Your Gutters

Start cleaning out your gutters and downspouts now to avoid clogs when all the autumn leaves begin to come down! This is a chore that you'll have to keep up with for the duration of the fall season, but it can't hurt to get ahead of the curve and start tidying up now— it will only benefit you later.

Get Your Furnace Ready

Now's the time to schedule an annual furnace inspection so that you can be sure it'll be running at its best during those cold nights. These yearly inspections help ensure your system lasts longer and that you can save money by preventing any future issues with your system.

Take Care of Your Outdoor Furniture

Put away any summer outdoor furniture that may be still outside and store it in a dry place like a garage or shed, away from moisture and other elements. And before everything is stored away, be sure to give your chairs and tables a good power wash so that they'll be a bit cleaner when you take them out next year.

Begin Organizing

We all know the phrase "spring cleaning," but remember that organization is vital every month! From cleaning out your garage, attic, or basement in order to clear space for storage to organizing necessary paperwork to prepare for critical dates such as tax day, it can never hurt to keep a clean home.


And now that fall is almost here, it's time to start applying for your property tax grievance!

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, August 27, 2021

Should You Eat Out or Order in on Long Island?

 

A lot has changed in the past year, especially when it comes to the local restaurant scene. Long Islanders have been going out more often to eat in recent months, but is it recommended to go out every night? Well, we’re here to break it down for you!
 

Summer Changes

As of June 1st, 2021, the midnight curfew was lifted for restaurants and bars across Long Island. Since then, the restaurant scene has been booming. Many have taken advantage of this change, using it as an opportunity to get out of the house finally. But, with things still up in the air about future health and safety protocols, many local Long Islanders are wondering: Should we stay in or eat out?

Benefits of Eating in a Restaurant

There’s nothing like the ambiance you get when you eat inside a restaurant. A big part of the dinner becomes the aesthetics, services, and entertainment. After more than a year of being stuck inside, many find this aspect of eating out refreshing. Plus, you can catch up with friends or family at local restaurants.

Benefits of Ordering Take Out

There’s an unquestionable comfort in being able to order all your favorites at the restaurant of your choice and eat it in your own home. Not only that, but you don’t even have to get dressed out of your pajamas to do so! When it comes to convenience and time, ordering out is often the best choice.

Either way, both methods of getting food help support your local restaurants during these difficult times. So whether you’re looking to get out of the house or hoping to stay in, give some love to the eateries in your local area!

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Money Saving Tips During the Summertime

 

Summer is the season of vacations, pool parties, and backyard barbecues. But it can also be a time for excess energy consumption in your home! It can be easy to forget about those staggering bills until they creep up on you at the last minute. So, it is essential to stay aware and follow these tips so that you can keep your bills low during this hot season.

Turn Off Appliances Not in Use

When an appliance is left on for long periods, it uses up a lot of power even when it's not being used. Be sure to double-check your devices, especially before you leave your home, to ensure they aren't wasting any extra energy. And while you might not want to turn off your AC completely, it's a good idea to keep the temperature running in an energy-efficient setting.
 

Turn Off Lights and Fans

As a general rule to save on energy bills throughout the season, be sure to turn off lights and fans when you leave the room for more than five minutes. Remind the whole family about this rule to make summertime a lot easier! This especially applies to your fans, as it spends energy for as long as it's spinning for.
 

Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances

Try to invest in energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers to help you cut down on utility bills! Not only will this be beneficial in summer, but also throughout the rest of the year.
 

Replace Air Filters Regularly

When your home's air filter is clogged, it takes more energy to cool the house because the air conditioner has to work harder. You can save as much as 10% on your cooling bill by replacing your filters every month or so!

And remember, as summer starts to wind down, soon comes the opportunity to start applying to get your property taxes lowered!
 

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Planning Ahead: Five Off-Season Tax Tips

 

This season, you're likely looking forward to spending time with friends and family, but don't forget about tax season! You might be thinking that this year will be just like any other when it comes to taxes, but there are some things you can do now to make the process easier come April.

Tax time can feel like an annual burden, but you can make it as painless as possible with the proper steps and tips.

1. Start Organizing

Make sure all of your necessary documents are organized and accessible so they will be easy to find when it comes time to file. Now is the perfect time to take out all of your paperwork and organize it by type, such as:
  • Banking statements
  • Utility bills
  • Credit card statements
  • Etc.

2. Start Saving Now

Consider keeping some money in savings to cover potential emergency expenses and unexpected costs during the next few months or even years. It can never hurt to save up a little bit extra, and it might help ease a lot of stress off of your life the closer tax season gets.
 

3. Check Your Credit Card Reports Now

We encourage you to check your credit reports annually! If there are any errors, correct them immediately so that they don't end up affecting your taxes. And, obviously, the best time to do so is before tax season approaches— so now is a perfect time!
 

4. Track Your Spending Habits

You might not think this is necessary because it's summertime and everyone is enjoying themselves, but to be prepared for next year's taxes, we recommend that you track what you spend throughout the summer months! This is so that when fall rolls around, and it's time to file your taxes, you have all of your bearings in order— something you'll thank yourself for in the future.
 

5. Know When To Reach Out For Help

An important thing to remember both during tax season and during the off-season is that you are never alone. Whether you need financial guidance or a way to lower your taxes, there are professionals that can help. And luckily for you, we're experts in helping homeowners, like you, lower their property taxes!
 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

5 Simple Ways Your Can Get Involved With Your Community

 


Long Island is full of many caring, close-knit communities that often get together for events, causes, and more. Every town, both in Nassau and Suffolk county, comes together often— especially in the summertime! So, if you’re looking to try and get more involved with your surrounding community, here are some simple ways to do so!

1. Look For Local Events

Keep an eye out for any announcements in your local newspapers or websites to see any local events happening this season! Whether it’s a farmer’s market, art and music event, or block party, be sure to go!

2. Volunteer in Your Free Time

There are many ways you can volunteer your free time! Check to see if your local animal shelter or retirement center is accepting extra help. You can even end up volunteering to help set up local town events if your community center is looking for aid.

3. Stick to Local Stores

When getting ready for a shopping trip, consider visiting and purchasing items from your local stores and restaurants! It helps keep your town running smoothly and allows small businesses to thrive— not to mention it can be so rewarding getting to know your local store owners and businessmen and women!

4. Join a Group or Class

Sometimes the best way to get to know your community is by getting to know like-minded individuals who live near you! From favorite hobbies to similar likes and interests, you could meet some lifelong friends quickly. Join a local workout group or frequent different classes if you’re trying to learn a new hobby.

5. Consider Donating

A big part of what makes a community a community is through togetherness. So, by coming together to help those in need, it’s one of the best ways to get involved. When transitioning to a new season, consider donating clothes you haven’t worn or don’t plan on wearing. See what food items or necessities are needed and contribute that way. There’s always something you can give!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Day Trips On Long Island

 


Sometimes summer days can all blend into one, and it can be hard to do all the fun activities you want to. So, on those days when maybe you only have less than 24 hours to spare, there are plenty of spots on Long Island that you will have time to visit and enjoy to the fullest! Here are some of our top favorites that you need to try this year so you can start planning now:

Montauk

You can never go wrong with a trip to Montauk. This long drive ends in some of the best restaurants and views there is to offer! Climb up to the top of the famous and historical Montauk Lighthouse or visit some of the nicest beaches here on the island. There's so much the very end of Long Island has to offer.
 

Beach Days

We implore you to mark a specific day on your calendar for a good old beach day! It's summertime, so laying on the smooth sand and swimming in the cool waves is a must. Some great beaches on Long Island that you can make a day trip to include:
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Orient Beach State Park
  • Ocean Beach Park

Fire Island

This fun and exciting barrier island sits in the very south part of the island. Fire Island offers so much, such as white sand beaches, bike paths, bars and restaurants, local shops, and boating trips. Not only that, but if you enjoy your time here, there are many housing rental opportunities for those who want to make a vacation out of it!

Museums

Long Island has such a rich history that it's no wonder that there are so many museums around. This can be a great day trip for the whole family, and here are a few of our favorites:
  • Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Long Island Children's Museum
  • The Long Island Museum
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • The Heckscher Museum of Art
And so many more!
 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Long Island Activities Outdoorsy People Will Love

 


If you’re someone who loves to spend time outdoors, Long Island has many unique spots for you to visit this summer! Break out your hiking sneakers and sunblock because we have some of the must-visit sites for you this season. Ready for some fun in the sun?

Sunken Meadow State Park

Located in the Town of Smithtown in Suffolk County, this scenic spot offers closeness to the water and biking accessibility. Whether you are looking for a perfect place to jog or hoping to get together with friends and family for a picnic or BBQ, it’s a great place to spend time outdoors this summer!
 

Avalon Hiking Trails

You can find this beautiful walking trail within the heart of Stony Brook! People from all across Long Island come out of their way to explore this trail. From great hiking spots to an immersive walk through art mixed with nature. Plus, you can find the famous mirror sphere deep in the flower fields!

Blydenburgh Park

Whether you’re looking for the perfect walking or hiking spot or are searching for some excellent bird-watching areas, Blydenburgh Park is a great choice for you! It has a six-mile loop around the lake, with trails being well marked and easy to follow.

Lavender By The Bay

This beautiful spot is a family-owned and operated business of lavender and bee care! Take a trip to see the flowers in full bloom—the color purple encompasses the entire area, and the sweet and calming scent of lavender fills the air. It’s the perfect place for pictures, walking, and buying all your favorite lavender-themed items.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Does a Sunroom Addition Raise My Property Taxes?

 


A sunroom addition can be a fantastic way to bring in more light and provide you with an extra room for relaxing, especially in the summertime. However, it is essential that you know the implications of adding this type of structure before you make your decision. A sunroom addition will increase the square footage of your home and most likely also raise your property taxes.
 

Here are some more reasons there might be an increase in your property taxes


Most Additions Add Costs

When adding an addition, your property taxes may increase because it is considered a significant improvement. The higher value will then be assessed for property taxes. Adding additional square footage to your home will increase your property taxes, and any improvements made with that added space may also be subject to property taxes.

Zoning Regulations

Each county and town on Long Island has its own specific zoning regulations that homeowners need to follow. You will have to get a permit from your local building department and meet zoning regulations before you can build the sunroom on your home. Once done, you’ll have a good idea of how much higher your property taxes might go up afterward.
 

Home Looks Newer

In the world of home renovations and installations, homes with additions are considered newer than those without. Homes with additions are assessed as being worth more than their original value (due to the increased size), so they have higher taxes accordingly.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

5 Things You Should Know Before Moving Into a New Home This Season

 


Moving into a new home can be exciting, but it also comes with its fair share of stressors. There's packing up your old place, preparing for an uncertain future, and getting used to your new neighborhood. But all good things need to start somewhere, so here are some tips to help you move with ease this summer.
 

1. Safety First

It's essential to make sure everything is working correctly and safely throughout your new home. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in every room of your home, especially near bedrooms and kitchens, if there aren't any already. Also, check all outlets and ensure no exposed wiring or damaged cords with frayed edges could pose a fire hazard.

2. Do Your Research

Your new neighborhood is a part of your new home, so make sure you do all the proper research about where you will be living beforehand. Research utility costs in the area, take time to drive around, and ask questions about what kind of community is where you're headed.

3. Consider Your Commute

Some people move because of work, but often we like to move to experience a new change. Before choosing your new home, consider how your commute will change in this new location. This will make all the difference in your daily routine!

4. Set Up Emergency Kit

Every home should have this, but when you're in the middle of moving, and an emergency happens, you might pack away everything you need in boxes. Set up an emergency kit with necessities like a flashlight, extra batteries, bottled water, first-aid supplies, nonperishable food items, and prescription medications for yourself or family members to prepare for any storm or emergency in-between homes.

5. Understand Your Expenses

When it comes to moving, a lot can change that you were once used to. From utility costs to property taxes, everything is fresh and new. It's crucial that you sit down and understand your new fees, the tax rates in the area, and what you can do to lower your bills.

One important thing to remember is that here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are always ready to help you get those property taxes lowered! If you're a new homeowner concerned about tax season this year, we can help ease your stress.

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, June 18, 2021

Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Long Island Dads

 


Father’s Day is this weekend, and if you are running a bit behind on getting the right gifts for dad, we have some great ideas for you. These are perfect for any Long Island dad and are easy enough to make, plan, or get by Sunday! So if you’re a bit behind on getting the perfect present, we’ve got you covered.

DIY Gifts

From specially made cards to decorative photo frames for your best picture together, dad is sure to love a gift made from scratch. DIY gifts are a great idea, and they always come from the heart, so you can never really go wrong with this creative idea. It’s a perfect way to get all the kids together to help show their appreciation for pops. Here’s some inspiration for you!
 

A Fun Trip

Long Island has so many unique places that are perfect for celebrating Father’s Day! We consider surprising dad with one of these trips a gift in itself. Whether you’re planning on visiting a beautiful town out east, hitting up one of LI’s many beaches, or spending the day having fun at a museum or park, he’ll treasure the memories forever.
 

Long Island Memorabilia

If your dad is proud of where he lives, then get him some Long Island memorabilia this holiday. You have so many options to choose from, like mugs, aprons, hats, and more! The best part is that many local stores will have these items, so it will be quick and easy to get your hands on these presents.
 

A Day By The Water

The beauty of Long Island is how many beaches and water activities there are to offer. Does dad love fishing? Or maybe he’s more of a relax on the sand guy? Either way, there are so many fun water activities to enjoy this weekend. Just make sure you plan for anything that needs to be booked in advance!

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Summer Home Curb Appeal Tips

 


The weather is heating up, and it's time to get your home ready for the warmer months ahead. It's time to think about your home's curb appeal and how it might need some help this summer. Whether you're trying to make your house more appealing to potential buyers or spruce things up for a family gathering, there are some simple steps you can take this season to get started.
 

Clean Out Your Yard

Start by taking some time to clean out the yard. Pull weeds, trim overgrown plants, and remove any trash or debris that has accumulated in hidden corners. Spring can be messy, so it may take some work to get your yard looking pristine. But in the end, it will be plenty worth it!
 

Simple Scrubbing

Make sure you don't forget the porch or deck! Scrub it down with soap and water to eliminate any dirt or mildew buildup before sealing it with an exterior sealant for protection against mold throughout the season. This will also help throughout the year, and you'll have to touch it up every once in a while.
 

Add Some Natural Decoration

Excellent curb appeal can be as simple as giving your lawn a good mowing or planting some flowers in the garden bed. Pick some of the prettiest flowers you can find and place them in areas around your yard that nicely compliment your home. Or, consider planting a small tree in front of your house. The perfect spot is an area that gets plenty of sun and has room for roots to grow! It's best if there's a place to plant down low, too, so water doesn't runoff.

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Summer Fun on Long Island for 2021

 


Summer is on its way! Are you ready for some fun in the sun? Spots all over Long Island are open and welcoming people this season. We understand that last summer was different and more stressful, but this summer is looking to be one of the best ones yet! Here are some places on the island you and your family can enjoy this summer.
 

Beaches

Famous beaches across the island are all finally opening back up fully to visitors! The water is warming up, and the temperatures are rising, so here are a few of the most popular spots for you to travel to:
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Montauk
  • Fire Island
  • Orient State Park
Enjoy many watersport activities such as kayaking, paddle-surfing, fishing, boating, surfing, and more! And of course, there are many other beaches that Long Island has to offer; find the perfect, closest one for you!

Family-Friendly Activities

Many famous activity spots on Long Island are opening up for families this summer! From museums to interactive parks, your family will make many great memories. You can visit places like:

  • The Long Island Aquarium: See their complete Covid-19 guideline and expectations here.
  • Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium: Their museum opened up a bit ago for guests, but as of June 4th, the planetarium is officially open for guests as well! Visit their website to learn more about their hours and requirements.
  • White Post Farms: From animal farms to train rides, White Post Farms offers so much fun for the family! Check their website for special events coming up soon.
  • Adventureland: Who doesn’t love a day at the amusement park! Keep up-to-date with their schedule, as park openings can change often.
  • Splish Splash: They are opening up finally this summer and have many health and safety precautions. Be sure to get your ticket in advance as well!

These spots, plus many restaurants and more, are all embracing the positive changes coming with this season. We hope your summer is safe and enjoyable this year!

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Friday, May 21, 2021

What To Do If You Missed Our Grievance Deadlines

 



The grievance deadlines for Nassau and Suffolk county have come and gone, but don't think you have entirely missed out on your opportunity to lower your property taxes. Just because you missed this year doesn't mean you don't get to try again! You will have to wait until the next filing period. Here is everything you need to know about preparing for the following grievance deadlines and what can be done before that.

A Few Steps You Can Take To Lower Your Property Taxes

There are some simple things that you can do throughout the year leading up to tax day, which will help lower your property taxes. It doesn't have to be complex or complicated, so here are some tips to help you save money until our next grievance period:
  • If you have more than one residence in different counties, consider filing with only one county. You can use the other as a vacation home or rent it out.
  • Cut down trees or vines growing on your property that might be considered a nuisance by an appraiser if they affect the house's marketability or curb appeal.
  • Schedule regular inspections of your home to catch any problems before they escalate into costly repairs or increased taxes.
  • Claim all your exemptions and deductions, such as property tax deductions or real estate tax exemptions.
  • Maintain your roof well-- If you have a good roof, it can save up to $600 on your annual property taxes.
  • Set aside money each month.
  • Donate items you no longer need to help declutter your property.
  • Contact us to file for the next grievance period!

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End of Spring Curb Appeal Tips

 


The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and it's almost time for summer. Even if it's late spring, that doesn't mean we can stop caring about our homes' curb appeal! If you need a quick fix to make your home more appealing this spring before summer hits, here are a few curb appeal tips that will give your house an instant boost.
 

Maintain Your Lawn

Cut your lawn and remove any weeds from your yard- that's a good start to making your home look better. The more often you cut your property, the healthier it will be. Keep that fresh, green look for your yard into summer.
 

Plant Some Flowers

Plant some flowers or shrubs near the entrance of your house to bring a brighter and more colorful look to your home. If you're unsure what type would work best in your climate, talk to someone at a garden center for recommendations and tips. Be sure you invest in flowers or shrubs that are meant to last through summer as well!

Clean Up Outside

The springtime is known to cause a lot of leaves and debris to fall all over. Your deck, roof, and gutters become cluttered with these items, and it can start to look pretty messy. An excellent place to start is by cleaning out your gutters. Not only will this make your home look better, but it will also ensure rainwater has somewhere to flow to help avoid water damage to your home. Also, take a leaf blower or another backyard tool and blow away all those tiny green leaves on your deck, patio, front porch, and driveway. Your home will look much neater!

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Tax Season Dos and Don’ts

 



The dreaded Tax Day is quickly approaching, and with it comes a lot of pressure. You need to do many things to ensure that your taxes are filed correctly, and while it may seem like there's no time left, there's still plenty of time if you start now. With these Tax Day Dos and Don'ts, you'll be prepared for all that comes with filing your taxes.

Dos:

  • Be organized by saving receipts and organizing paperwork before the deadline.
  • Use electronic filing if possible as it will save time and money with less paperwork needed to be filed.
  • Double-check your tax withholdings by comparing them with last year's income and other documents related to earnings from this year.
  • File as early as possible-- filing before Tax Day will give you more time to work out any kinks in your taxes.
  • Know which forms to fill out, such as W2 or 1099.
  • Ask a professional if you're unsure about anything when it comes to your taxes.
  • Take advantage of any tax breaks or deductions that you may be eligible for.
  • Be aware of what deductions you can take on your taxes before filing.

Don'ts:

  • Don't forget to sign your return.
  • Avoid procrastination! This could lead to forgetting essential documents or incurring penalties from a late filing.
  • Try not to forget deductions-- many taxpayers overlook this section of their return, but it can save a lot of money!
  • Don't wait until Tax Day to file your taxes. It would help if you started as soon as possible.
  • Try not to forget to make sure you have all your financial documents in order - make copies or digital files if necessary, so they are readily available on the day.
  • Don't be unprepared for your interview with a tax professional. They are here to help you, so make sure you're all ready for them!

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

New Ways To Surprise Mom For Mother’s Day

 



Mother's Day is around the corner, and whether or not you have your gift yet, some simple surprises for your wonderful mom can go a long way. We all know how much our moms do for us and how they're always there when we need them most! Surprise her this year with one of these thoughtful presents:

Breakfast in Bed

Nothing says good morning like breakfast in bed! Show mom some special appreciation first thing in the morning on Mother's Day-- you'll surely surprise her! Whip up some of her favorites and add a bouquet of flowers or two for a little extra love.
 

Flower Delivery

Have a super-secret flower delivery get sent to her when she least expects it. No matter if she's at work or home, she'll love to receive some of her favorite flora this Sunday. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant- simply pick out something that speaks to her style or favorite color. Just be sure you keep it a secret so she can be extra surprised!
 

D.I.Y. Gifts

From handmade cards to handcrafted picture frames, painted and designed by you, you're sure to surprise mom with some D.I.Y. gifts. A lot of heart goes into presents you make by hand, so show your mother just how much love you have for her this weekend.
 

Gardening Fun

For moms who love their gardens: give them a garden of their own! Even if she doesn't currently have one, offer to help plant it. She'll love it when she sees how much better fresh veggies taste from the soil that is hand-grown rather than grocery store-bought. It could be a great little project to take on this upcoming weekend.

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Places on Long Island Open for Spring 2021

 


Things are getting better and better with each passing month, and now with the weather heating up, there will be plenty of opportunities to get out on Long Island this spring. Many spots will have certain limitations, of course, but it’s always best to stay as safe as possible anyway. Here are some fun places to visit and enjoy this spring season on Long Island:

Wineries

The wineries have been open for quite some time now, but with limited seating. However, now that the weather is nicer, they will be able to accommodate more people! With this increased capacity, you’ll be able to enjoy a lovely spring day sipping wine outside. There are so many different locally made wines to try!

Museums and Aquariums

Starting April 26th, 2021, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, and more will increase attendance from 25% to 50% capacity! There are so many historical museums to visit with the whole family across Long Island and, of course, we can’t forget about the family favorite Long Island Aquarium!
 

Movie Theaters

Also, starting April 26th, 2021, movie theaters will be allowing 33% capacity at all locations. This might seem like a small step up from its previous 25% capacity, but it still leaves plenty of room to see movies more often this spring! There are sure to be some cinema hits released soon.
 

Event Venues

We’ll see event venues and arenas move from a 20% capacity level to 25% after May 19th! This applies mainly to big stadiums in New York; however, there are many event venues on Long Island that this will be affecting as well. Summer concerts might not be too far out of reach!
 

Restaurants

Similar to wineries, restaurants have been open for a while now. However, with the weather getting nicer, it gives them room to allow for more customers! Outdoor seating has become very popular due to all the recent changes, but it will be a lot more convenient during spring and summer to allow outdoor eating.


Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

4 Common Questions About Property Taxes

 


It's a known fact that homeowners have many questions about property taxes. You may be wondering how much you owe, what your tax rate is, or if there are any deductions you can take on your property taxes, among many other questions. We're here to answer the four most common questions homeowners, like you, have every day.

1. What should I do if my assessment seems incorrect?

As a property owner, know that you have a right to appeal your assessment if it seems incorrect. The assessor will typically explain why they feel the estimate is correct. Still, property owners should ask questions and request clarification if something about the assessment doesn't seem clear or accurate.

2. How does my property tax bill get calculated?

To calculate your property tax bill, the following factors are taken into account:
  • The total assessed value of your property
  • Local taxing jurisdictions (school district, municipal government)
  • Special assessments and/or taxes for which you're responsible
Other considerations affect how much money you pay in property taxes. These include:
  • Exemptions and deductions that apply to your home or business
  • Whether or not you have a homestead exemption
  • What type of building is on the property
And more!

3. Where can I find information on what other homes in my area have saved in property taxes?

Ever wonder what your neighbors are paying in property taxes? Property tax rates vary by state, county, and city. Here at Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we also offer a way for you to see just how much your neighbors have saved on property taxes this year and what this means for your home.
 

4. Why am I getting a higher property tax this year than last year?

The reasons for this can vary, but some of the most common causes include increases in assessed value, changes in exemptions, or other factors that impact the total tax bill, such as new construction. If you notice an increase in your property taxes this year compared to last year, be sure to contact your municipality so they can provide some explanation as to why it may have changed.


And if you feel you have a case for getting your property taxes lowered, that's where we come in.
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, April 12, 2021

Outdoor Activities for Long Island Families

 



The season of bloom is here, and with it comes some beautiful temperatures and scenery! For Long Island families, there are plenty of springtime activities to start participating in that are fun and safe. For those perfect weekends without rain, we’ve got some great ideas for you to enjoy below:

Picnic

Upgrade that simple lunch with a fun, outdoor eating experience! It’s so easy and doesn’t take very long to prepare for. Whether you choose your yard or a local park, it can be a great way to get out of the house. Here are all the essentials you’ll need:
  • Picnic blanket or old blanket
  • Basket or container for food
  • Plates and utensils
  • Finger foods (sandwiches, fruits, small desserts, small snacks)
  • Travel safe liquid holders
  • Ice packs or temperature-regulating coolers
  • Trash bag

Bike Riding

When was the last time you went on a good old-fashioned bike ride? Everyone can hop onto a bike and take an extended family trip around your neighborhood or surrounding areas. It’s a great way to keep active after long days in front of the computer. Consider all the benefits of biking with your whole family every week or every other week!

Visit Famous State Parks

From Montauk Point State Park to Robert Moses State Park, there are plenty of outdoor areas open to the public to visit. Remember to search up any COVID-19 regulations before you go, but for the most part, these places require you to wear your mask while near other people or indoors. The best part about these spots is that you can easily steer clear of other people. Similar locations include:
  • Caumsett State Park
  • Montauk Point Lighthouse
  • Cooper’s Beach
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Port Jefferson
  • Long Island Aquarium
  • Tanger Outlets

We love Long Island, and we hope you and your family find some ways to love it a little more this spring as well!

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