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

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:

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.


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

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:

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!

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:

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

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:

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.


  • 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'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!

Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction in Suffolk County, Long Island

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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

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:

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:


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!


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

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:

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:

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:


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:

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

How to De-Stress During Tax Season


Although Tax Day has been moved back a month, it can still be a stressful time for homeowners! This month is also National Stress Awareness Month, which makes now the perfect time to start practicing some de-stressing skills in anticipation of the new Tax Day coming soon. Here are some tips on how to get yourself feeling calm and ready during this taxing time.

Get Everything Organized Early

Nothing is more stressful than having to figure out all your balances and tax numbers at the very last minute. Luckily now you have more than a month to plan everything out, so organize your paperwork, gather receipts, and figure out what kind of help you need from outsourcing agencies for any complications.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

There are plenty of ways to get assistance while figuring out everything you need involving your taxes. From accountants to organization tools, it’s a process that doesn’t need to be done alone. No matter if it’s your first tax day or your twentieth, the best way to lower your stress is by not going at it all by yourself!

Don’t Dwell

Sure, it may be tax season, but it’s not healthy to only think about your taxes for the next month. Of course, it’s an integral part of your life, but you deserve chances to relax and take it easy as well. If you find yourself awake at night thinking about your finances and it’s bringing you a considerable amount of stress, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a self-love day. We’re talking warm drinks, relaxing and watching T.V., and doing whatever it takes to de-stress.

Get Those Numbers Lowered

If some of your numbers are slightly higher than you initially anticipated, know that you have options to get them lowered. Most importantly, you have the chance to get your property taxes reduced! If you feel those numbers should be lower than they are, we here at P.T.R.C., Inc. are dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property tax as required by law.

Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

Our Nassau County deadline is April 30th, 2021, so don’t miss your opportunity to get your property taxes lowered this year! Contact us to see how we can help you, or email us today!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Nassau County’s Filing Deadline is a Month Away


Attention Nassau County! Your filing deadline period is about a month away, on April 30th, 2021! Do you have everything you need to get started?

Don’t miss out on the potential of lowering your property taxes. All applications must be received by 2 pm on Friday, April 30th, so get yourself started through us!

How Does It Work?

You submit your signed application, and then, hopefully, you will receive a confirmation from P.T.R.C., Inc. that we received your application within the deadline and you’re eligible to file the grievance application. We will represent you before the Assessment Review Commission (A.R.C.) in Nassau County. Based on the decision rendered by the A.R.C., we will either accept the reduction or we will proceed to Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR). SCAR is the only way to obtain a reduction if denied at the board level. However, we have proven highly 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 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).

Once Successful…

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 municipality, and reduction can be unique.

All we need is your application, and we’ll take care of the rest! And remember: we only charge for successful cases.

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:

Monday, March 22, 2021

Property Taxes: Expectations vs. Reality


Sometimes, your property taxes aren't always a straightforward topic. A lot of factors determine your payments such as your location, employment status, and old or current construction and renovation projects. Homeowners tend to have many expectations regarding their property taxes, but we're here to debunk some common myths and misconceptions to help you remember the realities surrounding your home.

Expectation: All That's Needed is the Down Payment to Own a Home

Reality: There are so many other factors that play into buying a home for the first time. Many new homeowners tend to forget to factor property taxes into their budget completely. That's not the only extra fee; there are appraisal fees, legal fees, and title insurance.

Expectation: Your Property Taxes Won't Change Yearly

Reality: Your tax bill can change each year due to changes in your school district or local government budgets, revenue, total assessed value, and tax rates. Tax rates generally increase every year, so even if your assessment remains unchanged, your taxes increase. From there, you need to multiply your property's assessment (your review minus any exemptions) by the tax rates issued by your school district, municipalities, counties, and special districts to see what you owe in full for property taxes this year.

Expectation: You Can't Lower Those Numbers

Reality: You can get your property taxes lowered; just file a property tax grievance with our help! Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., our main objective is to minimize our client's property tax assessment with personalized service.

Expectation: Applying On Your Own is Easy

Reality: While you can apply by yourself, most homeowners are unprepared and unaware of the information and evidence needed to represent themselves for a property tax hearing successfully. We'd be happy to help!

Expectation: You'll Still Get Charged Even if Your Case is Turned Down

Reality: We don't charge for unsuccessful cases! Your property taxes will remain unchanged, there are no penalties, and you can file again next year if you choose, so the process comes at no risk to you. It's worth the effort to try!

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:

Monday, March 15, 2021

Lucky Home Superstitions


There are plenty of unlucky superstitions for homes, but there’s rarely any talk of all the lucky ones. If you want to keep your home a place of good fortune, and maybe avoid common issues homeowners face, then we’ve got you covered. Follow this list for some great ways to make your home lucky as we move into the new season.

Mirror Placement

Be careful where you place your mirrors! It is said that mirrors capture energy, so if you have your mirrors facing the outside, they can capture the good energy that comes from nature. This doesn’t always carry over for ones in washrooms or bedrooms, but it’s important to note that you should never have a mirror facing your bed. It’s said to bring bad luck and maybe even cause nightmares.

Try a Salt Lamp

These decorative lights have gained much popularity in recent years. They are carved out of pink Himalayan salt and emit a gentle light that’s perfect for bedrooms or living rooms. But, they aren’t just decoration pieces! They are known for their many health benefits, supposedly being able to clean out your home’s air, soothe allergies, boost your mood, and promote better sleep. And what’s luckier than that?

Elephant Decoration

Elephants are said to bring good fortune and protection in many cultures. It’s common for new homeowners to decorate their house with some elephant-themed pieces since having many can go a long way. Not only that, but they help add a little bit of personality to any room.

Critters and the Future

Did you know that certain critters you see throughout the day while at home could mean different fortunes? It is said that having a bee in your home represents a fire sometime down the road and that a bird slamming into a window is an omen of bad luck to come. But, one that might be the most interesting, seeing ants in your home represents financial fortune.

While it seems like an interesting concept, we don’t think anyone wants to deal with pesky critters in their home, no matter the kind of luck they’ll bring. Luckily for you, you can call up an exterminator to deal with those ants and still have a financial fortune. Just give us a call to start saving money!
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:

Friday, March 5, 2021

How To Bring Back Curb Appeal After Winter


There's much debate about whether or not winter is a pretty month. Though not much grows, snow and other conditions have the capability to be beautiful. But how much do these weather conditions do for your curb appeal? As we begin to rush towards spring, we can start to look forward to some gorgeous spring weather and, in turn, better curb appeal. Here are some ways you can start bringing back your home's appeal after a long winter:

Mailbox Makeover

Spring is the season of change, so why not change up the look of your old mailbox? Especially if you have had it for a while, sprucing up the paint and design can make for a fun project. Since it's one of the first things people see when they approach your house, it will positively impact your curb appeal if it looks brand new and fancy!

Add More Plants

For that perfect pop of color, aim to plant a few new flowers around your home this spring! We'll be seeing many plants bloom, so a simple yet elegant flower can do so much for your house's curb appeal. Be sure to research what kinds will bloom the best where you live and whether or not they'll return next year.

Powerwash Grime

There's not much cleaning to be done during winter due to freezing temperatures, but now is your chance to give your home and its surrounding area a deep clean. Powerwash your siding, driveway, and sidewalk to give your house a pristine look. Your curb appeal will flourish this spring, thus increasing your home's value!

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:

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Can Renovations and Home Additions Affect My Property Taxes?


When it comes to embarking on a new renovation project, future tax bills are usually not the first thing homeowners think about. However, remodels and renovations can significantly increase your home's value, which eventually may increase the amount at which it is assessed. To make a long story short, estimated value leads right to your property taxes. Here's what to consider before starting that new project:

Additions to Your Home

If you're adding a new room to your home or increasing a space you already have, it's more than likely that you'll see an increase in your next property tax bill. This is because once your house's square footage becomes more extensive, the assessed value will also increase. Even something as simple as adding an HVAC system throughout different rooms can cause square footage to change.

Big Renovation Projects

Say you want to expand your home and add an entirely new room or section to it, you can be sure to see the numbers go up in your property taxes! Not only that, but you will probably need to check with your town to ensure that every code meets their particular requirements. Extensions and home renovations are a tricky process, so be prepared to do additional research.

Upgrades and Improvements

Sometimes even the little things, such as adding a garden to your yard or building a shed, can cause your assessed value to surge. They might not seem like noticeable improvements, and keep in mind these won't always bump up your value. However, something that is sure to cause your property taxes to increase would be adding a pool or large deck. These are easier to spot, thus adding more value to your property.

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:

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

How To Get Organized Before Tax Season


April will be here before you know it, and along with it, tax season. It might seem like a dreadful and stress-filled period, but if you prepare yourself well beforehand, you can handle it better than you may realize. The key to a smooth tax season is organization, so make sure you keep these tips in mind as we slowly approach April.

Create a Filing System

It’s vital to keep everything organized in your filing system. Whether that is using folders, post-it notes, or online documents, you want to make it easy to go back and find whatever you need. You should back up any vital information and paperwork stored on your computer so that technical issues don’t come in the way in any case of an audit.

Utilize Tax Filing Programs

There are so many useful programs these days made to help you through tax season. From online options to getting help from a personal accountant, take advantage of the choices around you. It’s a stressful season, so a little help goes a long way!

Keep Track of Receipts

You can keep the guesswork out of filing your taxes if you keep on top of your receipts, especially on more significant purchases. Write down the reason for each expense and keep your receipts organized along with your filing system. It comes in handy when you’re scrambling to finish filing everything.

Mark Important Tax Dates

Sure, we all know April 15th is tax day, but you should mark important dates for local taxes as well. This includes making sure you receive your W-2, 1098, and 1099 forms on time. Keep everything marked on a calendar, so you’re not pushing last-minute deadlines and making things more stressful for yourself.

Speaking of deadlines, the Nassau County grievance filing deadline through us is April 30th, 2021. It will be here soon, so make sure you fill out a form on our website so we can help you pay the lowest amount legally possible on your property taxes this year!

Our clients benefit directly from the close working relationships we have established with the assessing units throughout the years! Contact us today to get started and see the difference we can make for your property taxes.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Valentine’s Day Gifts From The Heart


Scrambling to think of a last-minute gift for Valentine's Day is stressful, especially if you're unsure what to get your partner. But, not every gift on this holiday needs to be big and fancy. Most times, as long as the gift was made with love, your significant other will appreciate it no matter what. Here are some unique ideas for this holiday and the perfect presents you can go with:


Cook Up Something Special

Nothing gets to somebody's heart the way cooking does! When you cook or bake for your partner, it serves as an extra special gift that buying something online can't-- it's made entirely by you. So consider making a meal or dessert you both love and have a perfect Valentine's dinner together.

D.I.Y. Gifts

In the mood to get arts and craftsy? Spend a little extra time creating something handmade and from the heart for your partner this year. Consider mason jar bouquets decorated with origami or paper-mache flowers. Or even a custom candy box filled with their favorite chocolates and more. From engraved candles to handmade coffee sleeves, let your creativity run wild and head over to your local craft store to get started!

Custom Designs

For something exceptional just for your significant other, you can get some custom-designed items just for them. Jewelry with their name or birthstone printed on them, cups and mugs with photos of the two of you, or even blankets and pillows with special memories placed on them! There are many places where you can create a gift just for the one you love, helping to make this an extra special Valentine's Day.

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:

Friday, February 5, 2021

Ways To Make Super Bowl Sunday Fun At Home


The big game is coming up, and it's an event that many look forward to for months. Unfortunately, this year's game night won't be like the last. However, nothing is stopping you from making the best of everything and safely having a blast this Sunday! There are so many fun ways to cheer on your favorite team, and here are some of our favorites. 

Host A Virtual Party

Staying together while apart is essential, so host a huge virtual game night for friends and family to watch the game together. You'll still be able to see everyone's reactions to different plays and scream your heart out when your favorite team gets that touchdown. Reach out to some friends and family members to see if they would like to join! 

Cook Up Your Favorites

You may have had to add some food items to your party lists in years past to please your guests. Well, guess what, this year you can get snacks and drinks that YOU like! Of course, you can't forget everyone else in your household, but either way, there will be plenty to go around, and it can all be food items you love. You can't go wrong with some game-day favorites such as pigs in a blanket, potato skins, and wings!

Go All Out

If you felt hesitant or embarrassed to go all out with the team's gear and jerseys in years passed, now is the time to celebrate like never before! Paint the team's colors on your face, wear the silliest outfit with your jersey that you can find, and let the good times roll. If you get really into the game, then there's nothing stopping you from really getting into it! 

Take It Easy

If you have never been much of a party person, but you enjoy sitting down and watching the game, you can make this year the year to finally take it easy. Sit back and relax with your family at home, feet up, and snacks at hand. The game will be just as enjoyable as it was in the past, only this time around, you can watch in some pajamas.

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:

Friday, January 29, 2021

Will Long Island Get Much Snow This Winter?


Long Island is no stranger to heavy snowfall, but in recent years it’s slowed down a lot. The big storms come and go, with our last blizzard being many years back. But it still helps that Long Islanders know whether or not they need to keep an eye out for storms coming along, so we have the forecast for you!

Predictions For The Rest Of This Year

Earlier before this new year started, it was predicted that December 2020 and January 2021 would be some of the coldest months in the Northeast seen in a long time. And we can see the temperatures have been dropping a lot recently, with winds increasing steadily. Considering we are about to enter February and a big storm is being forewarned shows that perhaps this winter won’t end as quickly as we think. 

February Winter Storm

Winter storm Orlena has been making its way to the east coast, planning to bring six or more feet of snow in some areas. It’s predicted that it will be hitting Long Island by Sunday into Monday, with the exact track of flow undefined at this time. It’s recommended you keep an eye on weather forecasts as we move into the weekend as more news continues to be put out about how heavily we’ll get hit, but be sure to prepare for a lot of snow!

Early Spring or Longer Winter?

It’s quite ironic that we’re getting hit with a massive snowstorm around Groundhog Day, but no matter what the little guy predicts, you should always have your home prepared for any season. Please do not get caught being unprepared for heavy snowfall for the rest of this winter since we still have another month or so of chilly temperatures. Stay alert and take care of yourself and your family the rest of this winter!

And don’t let the bad weather get you down when there’s still plenty of time to get some good news. Like lowered property taxes just in time for tax season!

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:

Monday, January 25, 2021

Quick Tips For Lowering Your Property Taxes


Tax season is coming up faster than you might realize, and instead of being surprised when it does come, you can get ahead of the curve and begin lowering your costs now. When it comes to your property taxes, there are a few quick ways to get those to lower before April hits. Here are some of our favorite tips to ensure you are paying the lowest amount possible on your property taxes this year!

Avoid Building

Even if you have been itching for some home upgrades, try to hold off until after tax season. Any significant structural changes to your home will most likely increase your bills this year. This isn’t to scare you off from new homebuilding all together. It’s just recommended that you do a complete search into what a new addition will do to your property taxes before starting construction.

Search For Exemptions

Depending on your situation, you might be eligible for certain tax exemptions. A few categories that states and municipalities lower taxes for include: seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and agricultural properties. Look into your taxing authority if you feel any of these apply to you.

Ask For Property Tax Card

Did you know that you can head on over to your town hall and request a copy of your property tax cards from your local assessor’s office? This card will provide you with information the town has gathered over the years about your property and allows you to take note of any discrepancies. You can raise these issues with your tax assessor and potentially correct any mistakes found.

Apply Through Us

It’s not too late to apply now and get your property taxes lowered this year! 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. Built on a foundation of experience and integrity, P.T.R.C., Inc. is recognized as fair and honest. Our clients benefit directly from the close working relationships we have established with the assessing units throughout the years!

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:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Easy Winter Renovation Projects


It may come as no surprise that homeowners often hesitate when it comes to winter renovation projects. With how unpredictable the weather can be and the freezing temperatures, many often choose to wait it out until spring. However, there are a significant number of project options that are easy to complete during this season. Don’t let winter hold you back, and consider some of these simple renovations for your home!

D.I.Y. Paint Job

If you want to update some rooms in your house, there’s nothing a fresh coat of paint can’t fix! Especially if you have been staying home a lot more recently, you might just be itching for a change in scenery. Consider some sage greens or calming blues, or go with something bolder if that’s what you’re looking for. Either way, new color schemes for your living room, bedroom, bathroom, or others are a great way to fight off those winter blues.

Complete Those Unfinished Areas

Some, not all, homeowners are guilty of starting a particular room or area of their house and never completing it. Some familiar places we see this is in garages or basements, with those spots being so easy to forget about. So now is the perfect time to get on with finishing these areas! The sooner you get the work done, the sooner you can enjoy it in later seasons. You’ll already be inside for most of the winter anyway, so it’s an excellent period to consider putting aside some spare time for these projects.

Upgrade To Energy Efficient Systems

Making the change to an energy-efficient home might sound scary, but it’s easy to get done. There are multiple energy-saving choices to consider switching to, such as LED light bulbs, updated HVAC systems, and personal lifestyle changes. You can switch over to an HVAC system that runs more smoothly and doesn’t require extra power. Not only that, but efforts to preserve water and electricity are great ways to save money this winter.

Do you know how else you can save money? By contacting us 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:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Top 2021 New Year's Resolutions


Goodbye 2020 and hello 2021! Last year was a challenging year, proving that even the most ambitious new year resolutions can be shaken up by so much change. Luckily, this year we're able to feel a little more hopeful, thus allowing us to follow through with our resolutions. As we transition into 2021, here are some of the top new year's resolutions we're going to see from people around the country.

Stay Active

With how much we've all been staying home, it's easy for people to feel sluggish or maybe a little lazy. So, for many, a resolution going into this year might be to try to stay active. Whether that means working out at home or just making it a point to go on a walk every once in a while, keeping yourself from getting stuck as a couch potato for the rest of the year can help you a lot in the long run.

Work Hard

When it comes to career ambitions, last year took a toll on those who wanted to put their mind to this task. However, it is entirely possible, and encouraged, for people to keep their ambitions high. Some are working from home, others are making the commute, and still, the amount of hard work is the same for those who want to further their careers, even during tough times. Find that perfect workspace at home or go out of your way to complete specific goals, and you will see a change in your work ethic in no time.

Be Kind To Yourself And Others

It's not easy dealing with what we're all going through, so one crucial resolution many should choose this year is to be kind to others and themselves. You must take care of your mind as well as your body. If you are stressed about something, we encourage you to find a healthy way of relaxing. If someone you know is going through a difficult time, be there for them every step of the way. Kindness can go a long way!

Save Money

Saving money is one of the top new year's resolutions for a reason, because homeowners alike all understand the feeling of shock when taxes increase or regulations change. Luckily for you, you can start saving money quickly this year through us! Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we can help you lower your property taxes with no risk to you or your home. We work hard to make sure our customers pay the lowest amount possible in their property taxes, and we've been helping homeowners for years.

Our clients benefit directly from the close working relationships we have established with the assessing units throughout the years! Contact us today to get started and see the difference we can make for your property taxes.