Friday, June 24, 2022

5 Tips To Get A Head Start On Your Tax Organization

 

Organizing your taxes can seem like an impossible task, especially if you wait until the last minute to start working on it. Fortunately, if you take some time to get organized early in the year and schedule plenty of time to work on your taxes at least twice a month, you’ll find that the process becomes much easier to handle when April finally rolls around.

Here are five tips to get yourself started with getting your taxes organized early this year.

1. Download Helpful Software

Before you can start organizing your receipts, you’ll need some helpful software. Good news: there are plenty of great apps and programs out there that make tax filing simple, like TurboTax (which is, appropriately enough, an app). However, if you prefer something more old-school, try a program like Quicken or QuickBooks.

Whatever you choose, make sure it will help keep track of all your income and expenses — and don’t forget to look into whether or not it offers any special discounts for individuals!

2. Organize Income Documents

It’s smart to organize W2s, 1099s, and other income documents well before tax season, so you don’t scramble when preparing your taxes. You can scan these documents or take photos of them with your phone. Organizing is just as important as having all your documentation, if not more so.

3. Gather Your Records

Start gathering your records and receipts for tax filing as soon as you can. That way, you won’t have to scramble around in April trying to locate them all. Make sure you have everything stored in one place — a desk drawer or box will work just fine — so it’s easy to access when tax season rolls around.

4. Consider a Tax Preparer

If you can’t or don’t want to handle your own taxes, another option is to hire a tax preparer. You’ll still be responsible for filing and paying applicable taxes (or penalties), but it will take away some of the hassles of organizing receipts and other paperwork.

Hiring someone to help you with your taxes also means that you won’t have to worry about making mistakes on returns — which could result in additional fees and penalties from the I.R.S. Many preparers also offer discounts for early birds who file before tax day!

5. Consider Getting Your Property Taxes Lowered

If your property tax is too high, it’s not going to be fun when tax season rolls around. With the help of our team here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we can assist you with taking a huge burden off your tax season.
 

Contact Us for Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Father's Day on Long Island 2022

 

How to Celebrate Father’s Day on Long Island

If you have a father figure in your life, you’ll do whatever it takes to provide them with the best Father’s Day on the planet. And if you live on Long Island, you’re just in luck: There are a plethora of family-friendly things to do that will give one of the most important individuals in your life a memorable, relaxing day.

Here are some of our top picks for celebrations for a fun Father’s Day on Long Island:

Take them to a Show

Who says you have to trek all the way into Manhattan to see a theatrical performance? Long Island is home to some of the best community theaters on the planet. For instance, consider taking them to see a show at Northport’s John W. Engeman Theater or The Gateway in Bellport for a spectacular that will make you feel as if you’re in the heart of Broadway!

Spend Some Time in Nature

Long Island is well known for its many nature spots. From parks to lakes and even hiking trails, it’s the perfect idea for any outdoorsy dad! Whether in Nassau or Suffolk County, a day at any of these parks is sure to be fun. You can have picnics, BBQs, or play sports with the family.

Or, if dad really enjoys becoming one with nature, consider one of the many hiking trails throughout the island or take a splash and try some of these local fishing spots.
 

Enjoy a Theme Park

Are you looking for a day with family fun that you’ll reminisce about for years? Look no further than Long Island’s amusement park treasure: Adventureland! Having opened its gates in 1962 in the heart of Farmingdale, this theme park has attractions that all will love. From a roller coaster and haunted house to a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, you’re sure to have the time of your life with your father at this entertainment park!

Plus, what’s a more perfect Father’s Day gift than getting your property taxes reduced?

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.comc.com

Friday, June 10, 2022

Summer Home Improvement Ideas

 

No matter what kind of home you live in, there are always upgrades that can be made to the space and additional features that can be added to the home in order to increase your enjoyment of it and increase its overall value to you. This summer, consider making these upgrades to your home so that you can spend more time enjoying it with friends and family all summer long.

Garden Upgrades

If you don’t already have a garden, consider starting one! In addition to adding value to your humble abode (gardens are great investments), they also give you a chance to get out in nature while doing something that will improve your home. Even if you lack a green thumb, there are plenty of plants and flowers that grow beautifully with little care.

Outdoor Living Space

There are tons of great home improvement projects to complete over summer, so why not start with something you can enjoy from day one? An outdoor living space is a worthy project. Not only will it add value to your house, but summer is a great time to spend outdoors and enjoy your new space. Whether you want to build an outdoor kitchen or lounge area, there are plenty of ways to add an outdoor living space that fits with your existing lifestyle and property.

Room Additions

It might be a good idea to add a room or extension onto your home, such as an attached garage or other type of storage space. This kind of project is best tackled in summer, when you’ll be able to enjoy more time in and around your home while work is ongoing. It will also give you plenty of space to store equipment and tools that you use for other improvements over winter.

New Flooring

Installing new flooring can be a significant project, but it’s not as hard as you might think. From installing tile to laying hardwood floors, there are several affordable home improvement projects that have a big impact.

Best of all, most of these upgrades will save you money in your monthly utility bills. Laying tile or hardwood floors adds an extra layer of insulation to your home and makes for a pleasant place to relax. Summer isn’t just about going on vacation; it’s also about making your house comfortable and energy efficient!

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.comc.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Best Beaches to Add to Your LI Bucket List

 

Long Island has a lot of natural beauty, from the sandy beaches to the cliffs and wetlands. It's home to some of the best beaches in New York! There are so many on the island to choose from that it can be hard to know which ones are worth visiting. So, if you're looking to make a fun summer bucket list of the best beach spots, we've got you covered! Here's our list of the best sandy shores to enjoy this season.
 

Robert Moses State Park Beach

The Great South Bay at Robert Moses State Park has beautiful views of the bay, fishing piers, and boat launches for those who love water sports. This beach is one of the top destinations for many native Long Islanders, even with the distance it requires to get to it. Visitors can look forward to soft sand, food vendors, and more.
 

Jones Beach State Park Beach

Located in Nassau County, Jones Beach is the longest beach on LI and offers gorgeous views of Fire Island Inlet and more. Of course, its beaches are a staple — but don't forget about its concert venue, restaurants, and many events held throughout the year! Whether you're looking for a relaxing day or want to enjoy the Bethpage Air Show, it's a great popular destination.
 

Rocky Point Beach

This beach features warm sand and shallow water with views of Montauk Lighthouse in the distance. There are also plenty of activities like kayaking or renting bikes nearby! So, if you've had your fill of sunbathing and ocean swimming for the day, you can go off and explore Montauk after.
 

Long Beach

Long Beach in Nassau County is home to a world-class boardwalk with live music, rides, and other attractions that can't be found anywhere else on Long Island. Even with its close distance to New York City, it's home to some of the most powdery beaches on Long Island.
 

Watch Hill

Is it really a Long Island summer if you haven't visited Fire Island? Watch Hill is ranked among the top ten beaches in NY State! Located on the western edge of the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, it's a pristine and peaceful getaway destination. It's relatively closed off from the rest of Fire Island, making it a perfect spot for relaxation.
 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Places to Visit on Long Island This Summer 2022

 

It’s hard to believe, but summer is less than a month away! We’re gearing up for some seasonal fun this year, and luckily Long Island has plenty of ways to enjoy your time. Truly, nothing beats summer on our beautiful island. So here are some of the perfect spots that you can’t miss out on this year:

Montauk

From the Montauk Point Lighthouse to the many famous restaurants throughout, Montauk is a must for Long Islanders in summer! With its large Montauk Point State Park, perfect for walks in the nice weather, as well as the many beautiful beaches to relax on, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular summertime destination for both native Long Islanders and tourists alike.
 

Long Island Wine Country

Are you looking to taste the best in local wine? Long Island has an extensive wine trail, with many wineries welcoming wine enthusiasts during the summer months. With 57 distinct wine producers, all divided between the North Fork, South Fork, and western Suffolk County, you can enjoy the sips and tastes while supporting our local economies.

From fun wine wagons to guided bike tours, it’s never a dull moment at Long Island Wine Country!
 

Beaches

Is it really summertime if you don’t go to the beach? One of the best parts about Long Island is that we are surrounded by water, thus leading to many beautiful beaches! They are spread throughout — stretching from north and south shore and all the way out east. Nassau and Suffolk County residents can find their favorite beach to visit this season.
 

Fairs and Festivals

Something very special about Long Island is our constant support of neighborhoods and small businesses. This year, throughout the island, residents are invited to participate in various fairs and festivals coming up. It’s a wonderful way to get together and enjoy our perfectly grand island.
 

Contact Us for Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Why Are My Property Taxes Higher Than My Neighbor's?

 

Property taxes can be a tricky subject. What's the difference between what you pay and your neighbor pays? Why are my property taxes higher than my neighbors? Property taxes differ from person to person, and many factors come into play when determining them. These factors include:
 

Square Footage

How property taxes work is that they are calculated based on the assessed value of your home and the mileage rate for the area you live in. Typically, houses with larger square footage and cost more will have to pay more in property taxes.
 

Difference in Assessments

Another reason for the difference in property taxes is due to the assessment. If you live in a newer house, chances are that your home was assessed at a higher value than your neighbor's. Older homes may be, on average, lower-valued, but this is not always the case as well.

County Policies

Different counties will assess tax rates differently based on their policies. Property tax rates vary by county, school district, type of property (residential vs. commercial), and the type of service provided. Property tax rates also change when local budgets do not have enough revenue to provide services or maintain public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, schools, etc., resulting in varying property taxes.

Additions to Your Home

That's right — anything from a pool to higher fences or even an extension on your property could result in higher property taxes. So if your humble abode has more amenities than your neighbors, you're probably going to have higher taxes.
 

Contact Us for Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

5 Planner Tips for Beginners

 

Having an organized planner and schedule is the key to success – regardless of your industry, having this will ensure you don't miss out on important dates and events that may impact your performance. A great way to stay on top of things is to use some basic planner tips to better organize your day-to-day life and career and focus on what matters. Check out these five planner tips below!

Use a Planner Often

It may not seem important to write notes or ideas in your planner, but the more you use it, the easier it will be to remember essential items. The key is to get into a routine of using your planner daily and filling it with appointments, meetings, and other events.

You'll also want to regularly keep track of deadlines, tasks, and goals to make sure they're being met on time. Before long, all of these small details will become second nature — and before you know it, planning ahead won't feel like an extra chore!

Don't Overwhelm Yourself With Too Many Ideas

A planner is an excellent way to get organized, but you could also easily overwhelm yourself if there's too much going on. It's important to make sure your calendar doesn't become too packed — and that you don't feel like it's impossible to fit everything in. If that happens, chances are that you won't use it as often as possible and will quickly lose interest in keeping it up-to-date.

Work Smart, Not Hard

You have a planner for a reason — it's here to help you work smarter, not harder! If you're struggling with productivity, take some time to plan out exactly what needs to be done and when. The more organized you are, the less stressed and overwhelmed you'll feel.

Reflect on Your Day

Having a planner on hand also allows you to recollect your day. Reflecting is important because it helps us identify what went well and what didn't and use that information to plan better for the future.

For example, maybe you planned out how many hours of work you wanted to get done each day but couldn't follow through with that goal due to unforeseen circumstances. Reflecting on these unplanned events helps us figure out how we can avoid them in the future or deal with them more effectively when they arise again.

Mark Important Dates

It's nearly impossible to keep up with all your important dates that come up throughout the week daily. From meetings to doctor's appointments, your calendar should appropriately mark significant events. This leads us to your reminder for this month: the Suffolk County grievance deadline is coming up!

Mark your calendar for May 17, 2022, and be sure to get your applications in well before this date!

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Here's Everything You Need to Know About The Suffolk Deadline

 

Want to save money? Suffolk County — your deadline is coming up! About 19 days remain until you need to have your Suffolk County grievance application into our office by 10 AM. If you’re wondering why you should file for a grievance in the first place, then you should know this is one of your best opportunities to lower your property taxes.
 

The Grievance Process

Once you submit your signed application, you’ll receive confirmation from us here at P.T.R.C., Inc. that we got your application within the deadline and that you’re eligible to file the grievance application.

From there, P.T.R.C., Inc. will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (B.A.R.) in Suffolk County. Based on their decision, the reduction will either be accepted, or we will proceed to the Small Claims Assessment Review. This is where we will represent you and do everything to ensure we succeed in getting you a reduction.

All you need to do is apply. We’ll handle the rest.

Why Trust Us

Sean Acosta, president and founder of P.T.R.C., Inc., has personally handled over 360,000 assessment challenges and secured millions of dollars in savings for homeowners just like you! 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!

Apply Now!

Now is the time to get your applications in, Suffolk County residents!

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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, April 20, 2022

Places to Visit on Long Island This Spring

 

Finally, the trees are turning green, and the bees are buzzing all around — spring on Long Island is unbeatable! And with the nicer weather and longer days comes more fun activities to indulge in around the island. From Nassau to Suffolk County, we have a full list of fun places and events to try out this season.
 

Enjoy The Outdoors

After the cold dark days of winter, many Long Islanders are antsy to get outdoors. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get outside this season!

Outdoor Events

One of the best parts about Long Island is the way each community comes together. There is always a boatload of spring events throughout each county, town, and neighborhood to take part in. Check out this list to find the next nearest one to you!
 

Indoor Fun

It's no secret that the biggest downside to spring is all the rain that comes with the season. Still, there are many ways to make the most of each day that don't require being outdoors!
  • Museums: Take a trip to some of the island's most famous museums! It's the perfect way to let your little ones have fun while also learning about our history.
  • Aquariums: It doesn't get more exciting than an adventure with the fishes! Check out these aquariums across the island that are the perfect spots to wander and explore this spring.
  • Local Libraries: If you are a big bookworm, perhaps the perfect place to spend a rainy spring evening is at your local library!
  • Theaters: Both old-fashioned live theaters and movie theaters are great options for any rainy day blues. Escape into another world and turn it into a special day.

All in all, Long Island is full of things to do and places to visit. With everything from quaint beaches to large metropolitan areas, there's something for everyone here.
 

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.comc.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Last Minute Tax Day Checklist

 

Tax Day is the day that adds a lot of extra stress for everyone in America. For some, this can be a tedious and long process that takes up an entire weekend of work. Do you still have some things to take care of? Not to worry, we've got you covered. If you've procrastinated on gathering all of your tax documents together or filling out the necessary forms, this last-minute checklist will help prepare you for the big day!
 

Gather Your Tax Documents Together

Are all of your W2s, 1099s, and any other documentation and forms ready to go? Getting together any paperwork related to your taxes from the past year is important in getting through Tax Day. If this hasn't been done yet, right now is the time to do so.
 

Double Check Your Forms

You'll want to check your forms to ensure all the information is correct. It's essential to double-check that your name, address, and social security number are on each form. If any changes or corrections are needed after filling out a form, don't forget to fill them out before mailing it off or e-filing it!

Don't Hesitate To Get Help

If you need help, many resources are available, such as online tax preparation software and mobile apps that can make this process easier for you. In addition, most local libraries offer free assistance with filing taxes during tax season. If you still have questions about how to file your taxes or what deductions may be available to you, contact a certified public accountant to go over everything and make the process easier. There are many outlets for you to choose from!
 

Get It Done Now

Truthfully, this weekend is your last time to get everything done — so do just that! Take the tips above and keep your paperwork organized and your mind clear. However, there's still time to get a deduction on your property taxes!

With the Nassau County deadline being May 2nd, 2022, and the Suffolk County deadline being May 17th, 2022, you still have time to apply for a property tax grievance! 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.

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.comc.com

Friday, April 8, 2022

Spring 2022 Home Projects

 

Spring is here, and it's time to make your home a little more beautiful. Whether you're looking for a change in d├ęcor or a new addition to your living space, there's something for everyone! There are various ways to brighten your humble abode with a few quick projects that will take little time or money but can make a big difference in how your house feels. Here are some ways for you to get started on making this season of renewal in your life even better:

New Furniture

From making small changes like updating throw pillows or rugs to a complete overhaul of all the furniture in your living room, give some rooms in your home a fresh look with new furniture that matches the current style of your house.

Pick out something that matches both function and design; it doesn't have to be an all-new overhaul! Just make sure that the new piece speaks to you and is something that you look forward to having throughout the spring and summer seasons!
 

Consider Repainting

When was the last time you painted the interior walls of your home? From something as simple as a bedroom to a bigger project like your living room, giving your walls a fresh, clean paint job is a great project to take on this season. It'll be nice enough outside to open the windows to let natural light help you as you paint and allow the spring breeze to dry things off faster.
 

Outdoor Fun

Spring is such an exciting season to get projects done outside. It's not too hot or too cold — perfect for taking on some big outdoor tasks. There are plenty of DIY projects like planting flowers or building a garden shed! These recreational activities are also a great way to increase your curb appeal this year.

Also, you can take on essential issues like washing down the outside walls with a power washer. This will help remove any dirt or mold accumulated over the winter months and make it look fresh again.

And while you're busy getting your home ready for spring, we're getting ready to help homeowners like you get their property taxes lowered this year. Ready to join them to check one more thing off your home projects list?

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.comc.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Best Ways To Relieve Stress During Tax Season

 

Tax season is approaching, and it can often be a stressful time. There's a lot to be taken care of in what feels like a short period, and if you aren't taking care of yourself, your health and wellbeing can fall behind. It's easy to feel a heavy burden when examining your money habits and trying to save or plan for future financial endeavors. So, we have some self-care essentials that will help you tackle tax season like a pro!
 

Avoid Last Minute Stress

It's never a good idea to leave anything to the last minute, especially your taxes. Ensure that you are filing early and try to break up the task. Do your taxes in increments you can handle, and make sure you're aware of every deadline coming your way.
 

Self-Care is Essential

Don't let yourself burn out if you feel burdened as this impending tax season comes around the corner. Ensure you're getting enough sleep or finding remedies that can ease your stress. It's even been suggested that listening to music or drinking herbal tea while filling out your taxes can help a lot. Do what makes you happy — and yes, even sitting down to watch a television show counts as de-stressing!

Ask For Help

Not a lot of people these days tackle their taxes by themselves. Whether you decide to hire a tax consultant or utilize a certain tax software, there are tools out there that can help you get through this stressful season. Any questions or issues can be taken care of by a professional or system, and you can take advantage of these helpers to assist with better money management moving forward.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by numbers and unsure of where to start to lessen the amount you owe this year, you can always apply to get your property taxes decreased! The team here at P.T.R.C., Inc. has saved millions of dollars in property taxes for homeowners. Our mission is to ensure that our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law.
 

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.comc.com

Friday, March 25, 2022

How Do Property Taxes Work In Incorporated Villages?

 

Property taxes can be a huge burden to homeowners, with many dreading the increases that often come year after year. Most of the time, the property tax process is straightforward. But, what if you live in an incorporated village? With many of these villages spanning Long Island, it’s important to understand how your property taxes work when residing within one and what steps you can take to get them lowered!
 

What is an Incorporated Village?

An incorporated village is a small town that has been legally granted incorporation status. These villages are not independent entities, but they are managed by an elected council and have limited powers to regulate their own affairs. Incorporated villages can be located within one or more townships or boroughs, which may, in turn, be part of a county.

Nassau County has about 64 incorporated villages — all residing within three towns. Suffolk County has about 33, all spanning within the 11 municipalities in the county.
 

Determining Property Taxes For Your Incorporated Village

For most incorporated villages, when it comes to your property taxes, you are taxed by both the village and the town that it’s in. The tax rates for incorporated villages can vary greatly, and many have been known to increase over time. Most often, it depends on whether your village conducts its own assessments or utilizes the County’s assessment.

Property taxes can vary from one area to another because of differing assessments, exemptions, and taxing jurisdictions. But, at their core, they represent what you owe for municipal services.

Check with your local government to see the exact additional tax percentages for where you live.
 

Can You Apply For a Property Tax Grievance if You Live in an Incorporated Village?

Most villages have their own assessment rolls for village taxes, so they require a separate filing if you want to grieve their taxes. These villages typically determine their assessments for village taxes. Please get in touch with our office to find out if P.T.R.C., Inc. can file for your village and their specific deadline!

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.comc.com

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Plants That Bring Bad Luck at Home

 

Saint Patrick's Day is so close, and there's no better time than now to make sure your luck of the Irish is ready to get you through the day! There are the usual superstitions, but not many homeowners stop to consider that maybe their plants can bring some bad luck too. You're setting the stage for a very lucky Saint Paddy's day by avoiding these bad luck plants and flowers in your house!

Peace Lilies

The peace lily is one of the most common plants that's said to be unlucky because it can easily grow too big and outgrow its pot. This will lead to it drying out and releasing toxins into the air. These are probably best left for outdoor decoration — or someone who knows their flower facts!
 

Henna Plant

Henna, or Mehendi plants, are believed to hold bad energy in them. It's thought that these plants bring negative thoughts, destructive power, and money problems into your home, so it's best to avoid keeping them inside or even near your house!
 

Spiky Plants

According to both Vastu and Feng Shui experts, spiky plants, like that of cactus, are thought to bring bad luck into your home. It is believed that the prickly and thorny leaves carry bad energy with them, releasing anxiety and stress for homeowners.
 

Chrysanthemums

Although these flowers are beautiful, they are actually bringers of bad luck if you keep them in your home. This is because they are generally known for being funeral flowers. So, not the best energy to keep in your living room.
 

Dead Plants

In all honesty, we keep plants in our homes because they bring greenery, fresh air, and positivity inside! You should always avoid keeping dead plants or trees in your house because it invites negative energy and simply doesn't look good. Even dry flowers are thought to attract bad luck. Once you've noticed your flora has reached the end of its lifespan, be sure to get it out of your home ASAP!

It doesn't take much to ensure your home is as lucky as possible, but it's not just your plants that can do the trick. With the assistance of P.T.R.C., Inc., we can help bring good luck to your property taxes by helping you get them reduced!

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.comc.com

Friday, March 11, 2022

What Exactly Is a Property Tax Assessment?

 

When you obtain your property tax bill, it is based on the assessed value of your property, along with your property tax rate and any exemptions you qualify for. This property tax assessment is the value that a municipality has placed on your home, as well as its market value. The amount of taxes you pay depends on how much it's assessed for. So what does this mean for your home, and what changes can it bring?

What is a Property Tax Assessment

Property tax assessments are a type of property value that can be determined by assessing the market value of the land and any improvements. Your property taxes are estimated on your home or any other residential land in which you live.

The taxing authorities will then calculate the amount of money they believe should be paid by those who reside there, and this money goes towards public services such as schools, police departments, parks, etcetera

Some Downsides to This Assessment

The assessment is used to determine how much taxes will be paid on a property, but it does not consider other factors such as upkeep or renovation costs. An assessor values the assessed property based on its present condition without considering future growth or improvement possibilities.

How Can You Get Your Property Taxes Lowered?

If the bill is way higher than you accounted for after receiving your final property tax assessment, there is a way to get this number lowered. And that is through a property tax grievance!

Luckily for Long Island homeowners, P.T.R.C., Inc. has worked with both homeowners and taxing authorities with an unsurpassed ability to communicate, facilitate, and achieve great success in the assessment challenge process.

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

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, February 25, 2022

Which Season Does The Most Damage to My Home?

 

It's no secret that every season brings its own set of problems to your home. From leaves and snow clogging up gutters, ice dams on roofs, and pesky bugs lurking around windows — you never know what Mother Nature will throw at you. If you're curious to know which season gives your home the most hassle throughout the year, we've got the full breakdown for you in order of least alarming to most harmful times for your humble abode:
 

Summer Storms

Summer can often bring some nasty thunderstorms, which dump a lot of rain on your home and property. The risk for water damage remains steady all year round, but the good thing about summer storms is that they go just as quickly as they rolled in. Your home could also face warping due to extreme temperatures, but other than that, summer brings mild troubles to your house compared to most seasons.
 

Fall Dangers

Fall is notorious for bringing cooler temperatures and a variety of other weather conditions such as rain and — worst of all — hurricanes. However, it takes a very active hurricane season to make fall worse. Long Island has seen its fair share of damaging storms, but fallen leaves and cold temperatures occur more frequently. Remember to keep your gutters clean and clear off debris from your yard often.

Spring Showers

Trees start budding, and flower buds begin opening in springtime, which means pollen levels rise dramatically. This time of year is also notorious for having more windy days than any other season, leading to fallen branches hitting your roof or windows. And lots and lots of rain comes from spring! During these months, rain can become an issue as it pours heavily, causing problems such as erosion or flooding in basements.

Winter Wonderland

Your heating system will have to work harder and longer than usual so that it can keep up with the colder temperatures outside. The added stress on your furnace may cause it to break down more often. Your indoor humidity levels also rise during winter because there's less heat inside. And, worst of all, heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions can cause a lot of damage to the exterior of your house. This is the season that it's essential to keep up with home maintenance!

No matter the season, your home is an important asset to you and your life. While all these dangers have preventive measures, what about protection against high property taxes? If you feel you're paying too much in property taxes, our team is here to help.
 

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Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Here's Everything You Need to Know About The Nassau Deadline Extension

 

As many of you know by now, your grievance deadlines are coming around the corner. As we get closer and closer to filing and tax season, it can be a lot of information to take in all at once. That is why we’re here to break down everything you’ll need to know about the upcoming extended Nassau County deadline and how we can help lower your property taxes!
 

Change in Deadline Date

You might have seen this already, but the Nassau County grievance deadline date was changed to May 2nd, 2022. You now have some extra time to file for a property tax grievance! Applications must be received in our office by 1 P.M. that day, so now is your chance to start planning ahead. If you live in a village, please contact our office to find out if P.T.R.C., Inc. can file for your village and their specific deadline.

How to Apply

It might seem daunting, but filing with us is easy! It all starts with submitting your signed application. From there, you will receive confirmation from P.T.R.C., Inc. that we received your application within the deadline, and that you’re eligible to file the grievance application. And then, from there, we take care of the grievance process for you.
 

What Will You Need?

All you need is to fill out the application form on our website, and we’ll handle the rest for you! We’ll represent you before the Assessment Review Commission (A.R.C.) in Nassau County, and from there, we’ll address any issues that arise as the process continues.
 

How We Can Help

With the latest data, technology, strategy, and negotiation skills, we work to simplify the process of reducing your property taxes. Keep in mind that this is not an overnight process, which is why the sooner you get your application in, the better. We will appear on your behalf and present all the needed evidence to succeed.

And the best part? You can send in your application for the next year to continue reducing your property taxes.

Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction in Nassau County

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, February 10, 2022

Treat Yourself This Valentine's Day

 

Whether or not you are planning on making Valentine’s Day plans with that special someone, it’s still important to take care of yourself too! Give yourself something nice, spoil yourself rotten, and be kind to those around you as well. It might not often be that you go out of your way to treat yourself, so we have some easy and everyday tips to remember this upcoming weekend for all your self-care needs! 
 

Spa Day

There is no better way to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day than with some rest and relaxation. A spa day is a perfect way to take some time to yourself. Whether you want a full-body massage, a facial, or even just an afternoon of lounging in the sauna and hot tub, there are many ways to enjoy your day at the spa.

Make Yourself Breakfast in Bed

Staying in bed all day long is also a great option to treat yourself! And what’s better than starting the day with breakfast in bed. Whip something up quickly and hop back under those covers to enjoy a fresh meal while cozying up in your warm blankets.

Spend On Items You’ve Had Your Eyes On

Listen, that item that you’ve had on your wishlist for forever now is calling your name this Valentine’s Day. Give yourself the gift of spending a little extra. Even consider buying it beforehand so that once the actual holiday rolls around, you can open it the day of!
 

Indulge in Your Favorites

From your favorite wines to your favorite foods, sometimes the best way to treat yourself is with some good eats. You can share this with a loved one or just indulge in all your choices yourself. Either way, fantastic food is a great way to boost your mood.
 

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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, February 4, 2022

Benefits of a Property Tax Grievance

 

Property taxes are often seen as an annoying monthly bill that is hard to understand. It's no wonder, then, that many people want to file a grievance to get their property tax lowered. A property tax grievance can reduce your yearly costs and make it easier to plan your budget each month. We'll go over what benefits come from filing a grievance below!

The Process is Easy

The filing process can be easy, which means that it's worth taking advantage of this opportunity before tax season starts this year. When you file a grievance through us, our team of experts is here to ensure the process is smooth and easy to understand. While it can be a long process, we handle all the hard parts — all you need to do is apply!

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.

Helps Combat Over-Assessments

Often, homeowners file a property tax grievance when an over-assessment occurs. Whether your assessment information was incorrect or outdated, the grievance process will find these blights and help get your property taxes lowered.
 

More Benefits to Selling Your Home

If you're planning on selling your home sometime in the near future, then filing for a property tax grievance could come with benefits. Even though it can be a long process, getting your taxes lowered on your home can make your property more appealing to potential buyers. When calculating their monthly mortgage payments, most prospective homeowners take property taxes into account!
 

Lower Monthly Mortgage Payments

With property taxes taking up most of your monthly mortgage payments, filing a grievance will benefit you greatly. Taking advantage of this opportunity helps lift a burden off both your shoulders and your wallet.

Just make sure you're working with a highly reputable property tax consultant agency like P.T.R.C., Inc. The Nassau County filing deadline is coming up soon, so make sure to apply soon! 

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, January 31, 2022

Buying or Selling a Home in Winter: What You Should Know

 

The winter months can be a great time to buy or sell a home — as long as you plan accordingly. The holidays have passed, people are beginning to go back to work after the long holiday break, and more properties will be available for sale than any other month of the year. But, it's not all a walk in the park. If you're looking to buy or sell your home this winter, it's important to know what you'll be up against and how best to prepare for the season.
 

Market Prices

Winter is considered a generally good time to buy a home because there are more residences on the market that are less expensive. This may be due to snowfall, ice storms, harsh winds, etc., which can lead to houses having issues during the winter months.

However, when selling your home this season, it's important that you have it inspected for any problems so that buyers know vulnerable parts of the house. Winter could lead to issues such as roof damage, frozen pipes, or water damage. A proper inspection will be in order before you consider selling your home.
 

Less Competition

You'll find that it's easier to make offers on homes with less competition because many buyers are looking at summer abodes right now. Plus, there is often more interest from sellers during this time because they want their property sold before the snow starts to get worse.
 

Seasonal Difficulties

You'll want to consider any potential changes in your commute if you're looking at properties out of town because the snow may cause it to be more difficult than usual. And if you're selling, you might also need additional time to prepare your home for viewings or will need to keep an eye on the weather to ensure potential buyers can come and go with ease.

Not only that, but the market is generally slower during the winter months. Both buyers and sellers need to be made aware that with the weather being colder, there are fewer people out looking at homes.
 

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, January 27, 2022

Winter Fun on Long Island

 


It's that time of year again. The days are shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and we're already starting to get some winter storm warnings. With winter here on Long Island, it's time to find some fun ways to celebrate this beautiful season! Here are a few ways you can celebrate this year:
 

Get Your Skates On!

Spend some time with family or friends this year skating to your heart's content! There are so many outdoor and indoor ice skating rinks on Long Island, with most of them offering skate rentals or lessons for your little ones. Weather permitting, you'll find most of these spots open throughout winter and sometimes into early spring! Check out this list of both outdoor and indoor rinks that you can visit.
 

Sledding Fun

We've got some snow on the way soon, so now is the perfect time to find a sledding spot near you! Your kids will be eager to get out and play in the snowfall, so take a look at this sledding hills list for both Nassau and Suffolk county residents!
 

Get Outdoors

Get out into nature for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun! Hike up a trail or go fishing. You'll be surprised how much more you enjoy the outdoors when it's cold outside than during other seasons. Whether you plan to have a more advanced adventure or want to bring the kids on an easier walk, there are plenty of winter walking trails to explore on the island.
 

Or, Stay In

Honestly, it can be hard to get out of the house on very chilly days. That's why Long Island residents can also enjoy winter to the fullest while staying in! From hot chocolate to big blankets, you can appreciate the beauty of the season while staying in and keeping warm at the same time. Sledding can wait until tomorrow!
 

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, January 19, 2022

Snow Predictions for Winter on Long Island 2022

 

As we head into the rest of winter, many Long Islanders are curious about how much snow this season will bring. Snow may seem fun, but it can also be a hassle to deal with for commuters, homeowners, and business owners. So, we have a predicted breakdown of what Long Island can expect this year moving forward into the rest of winter.
 

Long Island is Expecting a Cold Start and Warm Finish

According to NY Metro Weather, the general vicinity of New York City and Long Island is expected to have a cold start to winter and then a warmer end. We can see this in how freezing it has been lately — with more snow on its way even this week. Our average snowfall is predicted for this year (about 25 inches), with some prediction numbers maybe being a little lower than usual.

However, even with the forecasts from professional experts in the meteorology field, it’s still difficult to track the exact weather patterns for the season. But, so far, what we’ve seen on the island matches the above predictions pretty well.
 

So, Should You Be Worried?

Long Island doesn’t have to be nearly as worried as our friends in upstate New York! While, yes, we are expecting a few more strong, snowy days here on the island, no blizzards or worse are projected for this year.

Meteorologists have predicted moderate to strong La Nina conditions, mainly affecting those near the coast. Coastal flooding is something that many Long Island residents are familiar with, even if it isn’t fun to deal with.

Keep an Eye on Forecasts

Weather is ever-changing, and even if it seems like this winter season is going along with current predictions, conditions could change. Whether it be a stronger than average La Nina storm or heavier snowfall than anticipated, always make sure you’re keeping track of the weather and making certain travel is safe.

Stay safe this season, Long Island!
 

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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, January 6, 2022

Top New Year's Resolutions for 2022

 

2022 is in full gear, and people are choosing their New Year’s resolutions left and right. So, the statistics are in, and we have the full list of all the top resolutions people are choosing for this year; whether you’re looking for inspiration or are just curious what general goals most people have for 2022, keep reading!
 

Exercise More

The most popular resolution many seem to have for this year is to be more active and stay on top of exercising. Whether it’s their usual routine or trying something new, we were stuck inside for a good amount of time last year, so now is the time to ensure your body is moving!

Spend More Time With Family

With everything happening lately, it might have been too hard this past year to see your family as often as you would have liked to — at least many people seem to feel this way. This resolution was top of many people’s lists, with the hopes for safe gatherings in 2022 increasing.
 

Reduce Stress

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed during this time — we’re still in a pandemic! Plus, the start of the new year always feels like a busy period. Now is when to put yourself and your priorities first. This new year is the time to give yourself a break and find new ways to help reduce stress. From meditation to picking up new hobbies, find something that aids you now so that you can practice it this whole new year.
 

Pay Off Debt

Now is the year to make big strides towards paying off any debt you may have! Whether it’s student loan debt or credit card debt, this year can be the year you take those burdens off your back. It’s a goal that many people have in mind as we go into this new year. And something big that helps is to practice saving money.
 

Save Money

Are you looking to save more money this 2022? It’s easier than you think! Consider increasing your savings this year. Start small, as simple as depositing ten dollars a week into your savings account. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll get into the habit of saving. That way, as the year progresses, if you receive gift money, salary bonuses, or save money on your property taxes, you’ll already be in the habit of saving and can transfer more.


And speaking of saving money on your property taxes, we can help!
 

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