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: