Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Outings With The Family


The summer season is on the horizon and we can’t wait to get out and enjoy all that Long Island has to offer! 

As you start planning this summer's activities, consider stopping by some of the below places:


Montauk Lighthouse, Montauk State Park


Authorized by President George Washinton in 1792, this is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. As a National Historic Landmark, it is understandably one of the most popular destinations (and picture spots) on Long Island. Paired with the expansive scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s hard to beat. When visiting, you are able to climb to the top, walk the park or visit the museum, which is located in the 1860 keepers’ house. Learn more here»


Adventureland, Farmingdale


A place for the family, Adventureland has been Long Island's amusement park since 1962. The park offers rides, attractions, games, and more. Conveniently located at 2245 Broad Hollow Rd. in Farmingdale, Adventureland has something for everyone.


Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington


If you or the family are wanting to go to an indoors location, check out the Heckscher Museum of Art. The museum’s permanent collection includes 15-20th century American and European paintings.


Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City


Keeping with the theme of staying indoors from the heat, bring the kiddos to the Long Island Children's Museum. This venue hosts a number of interactive hands-on exhibits, live theater, fun art spaces, and many other daily activities.  


The Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead


Who doesn't love the Long Island Aquarium! With so many things on their events calendar, you're bound to find something to enjoy. If you're looking to get up close and personal, consider purchasing tickets for a penguin, sea lion, or seal encounter. You can even do a shark dive inside a cage!

From all of us here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we hope you and your family have a fantastic summer!

At P.T.R.C., Inc., we’ve made it our mission to ensure our clients pay the lowest amount in property tax as required by law. Since 1990, we’ve been recognized as fair and honest, and our clients benefit from the close working relationships we’ve established with the assessing units over the years.

This blog has been updated May 2019

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Pizza Places to Visit

At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we are always happy anytime we’re able to help people get a reduction in property tax. And now that you’ve saved a bit of money, what are you going to do with it? Here are some of the top pizza places you can visit, just in case you want to indulge in your savings.

Mama Theresa’s



With three locations throughout New York, Mama Theresa’s is a popular spot for some good pizza. One patron even said, “the pizza is to die for.” You can find Mama Theresa’s in Garden City Park, East Meadow, or Westbury.


That Pizza Place



In Levittown, New York, you’ll find That Pizza Place, a great little place offering a wide range of pizzas for nearly any type of appetite. They have so many options, no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.


Gino’s Pizza




In Elmont, you’ll find Gino’s Pizza. The pizza place treats the community like family, with many people grew up eating at the staple for more than 30 years. When you enter the door, you’re in for a treat no matter your pizza choice.


Little Vincent’s Pizza




Looking for the best cold cheese slice of all time? Try Little Vincent’s Pizza in Huntington. One reviewer even claims, “Hands down the best slice of pizza on Long Island, no questions asked.” This unique spot is perfect for anyone looking for good pizza in a quick environment where you get it, eat it, and go.


Umberto’s Pizzeria



In New Hyde Park sits a nice little pizzeria where you can get a really good Sicilian and the experience to boot. Umberto’s Pizzeria has a lot of people raving, boasting 4 out of 5 stars with over 570 reviews on Yelp. If you’re looking for great pizza, you won’t be disappointed with any of these options.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Local May Events - This Weekend


We may have had some unfavorable temperatures lately. However, we are closer to Summer!




Let’s plan something this weekend! Here are some local events happening this up and coming week.

9th Annual Montauk Music Festival

A multi-day music festival is celebrating talented up and coming independent artists.
From Alt rock, folk, rap, pop, reggae, blues, jazz, bluegrass, everything is here!
Learn more info about the event at www.montaukmusicalfestival.com
This event starts May 17th and wraps up May 20th.

Creatures of the Night

Visit Sweetbriar to see some nocturnal animals and get ready to go on an adventure in the dark. You’ll have a hoot! Bring a flashlight just in case. The event is
Friday, May 18th. Recommended for families with children 7 and up.
$10 a person. More info at http://sweetbriarnc.org/  

Endangered Species Day

At the Sagamore Hill National Historic site, you’ll have the opportunity to
 see their current engaged species! The event is free. More info about

Winery Tours

Visit the Pindar Vineyards for a behind-the-scenes look at their process of winemaking.
View the facility, production, and get a chance of tasting five wines for $20 a person.
Reservations required for the tasting, payment is at the time of booking. Their tours end on May 19.
Learn more here: https://www.pindar.net/

We hope you get a shot at enjoying something fun this weekend! Have a great rest of your week

 Long Island! Thank you Discovering Long Island for the ideas of things to do this weekend! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Can I File Even If I’ve Missed The Deadline?

Now that filing has come to a close, we see people online wondering about filing beyond the deadline. 



So you want to know if you could file a property tax grievance after the Nassau County or the Suffolk County deadline passes?

In short: once this deadline has passed, a grievance cannot be filed for that tax period. 

You must wait until the following grievance period to file again for the subsequent tax year.

If you run into the issue of "my property tax grievance from last year is still not determined," then yes, you will have to reapply. You only have the opportunity once a year to file a tax grievance. Once a tax year’s tax grievance deadline passes, there is no recourse to file for that year.

Be sure that you are filing a tax grievance each year, this will ensure that you will not miss an opportunity for a property tax reduction. Set a reminder to contact PTRC ahead of schedule

Remember, the grievance process is a long one and it could take 18 months from beginning to end. However, regardless of when your case is settled, the results will always be retroactive to the beginning of the tax year for which you filed your property tax grievance.

Have more questions about the tax reduction process? Visit our FAQ page or contact our office, we’d be glad to answer any additional questions.

At P.T.R.C., Inc., we’ve made it our mission to ensure our clients pay the lowest amount in property tax as required by law. Since 1990, we’ve been recognized as fair and honest, and our clients benefit from the close working relationships we’ve established with the assessing units over the years.

This blog has been updated May 2019

Thursday, April 26, 2018

What Does Filing a Grievance Mean?

Understanding Before Filing a Grievance

A tax grievance is when a homeowner is disputing a claim that an assessor has made. When it comes to taxes and defining assessments, there is a lot that many do not know or understand. When it comes to a tax bill, the word assessment confuses people to where they can make mistakes if they are not working with a professional because there are several different terms that come with that one word.

Why are assessments being mentioned when trying to file for grievances? Because understanding your financial assets, how they work for you and what you need to understand if you need to shift your perspective.

This can create significant confusion when determining what is needed and what is expected. Estimates can be made, but they can also be disputed without any trouble. Several issues can arise sometimes and the moves that are made by assessors can lag when dealing with the real estate market. Also, when filing for a grievance be sure to understand how your tax bracket comes into play.

Here is what you need to understand when filing for a grievance; what it means and how to do it.


Beginning the process


At the first tier of filing for a grievance, a complaint is filed with the local assessment department in your state. This is called an “administrative review”. This means that the homeowner is making a complaint about the assessment being at a higher value percentage on the market value spectrum than what is allowed by the law.

The assessor of the property will then review the evidence that has been provided by the homeowner, which could later result in a in-person negotiation meeting before a proper decision can be made.

Upon the second tier of filing for a grievance will be if the assessor’s has made a decision resulting in unsatisfactory evidence presented, the homeowner can file a petition with the Small Claims Court for a review of the decision. This is considered a lawsuit against the assessment determined and will require a small fee in order to be heard by the Small Claims Court.

The assessor and the homeowner will provide reasonable proof about the decision made and the courts will review the evidence and make the final decision. Once this step is complete, a grievance has been filed and a permanent decision has been made by the courts.

Keep in mind, May 15th, 2018 is the deadline to file a grievance in Suffolk county.

P.T.R.C. Inc. specializes in long island residential property tax reductions.  Since 1990, P.T.R.C. Inc. has successfully handled over 260,000 assessment challenges.  We have secured millions of dollars in reductions and refunds for our clients.  We aim to be the best in the business!

Let P.T.R.C. Inc. Help Lower Your Property Taxes!

 (516) 484-0654 http://www.ptrc.com/


Friday, April 20, 2018

How Property Tax is Calculated



Want the low-down on how Property Tax is calculated? Here it goes… 




Property tax is tax based on the value of real property, such as counties, towns, villages, schools, road and other services for home owners. Your property tax is determined from your county and the jurisdictions in each county itself. Many people often wonder how to calculate your property tax and how it all works out.

Here are the steps of how it is calculated.
  • Taxing jurisdiction ( school district, municipality, county, special district,)
  • Taxing jurisdiction determines revenue from all sources other than the property tax( state aid, sales tax, user fees)
  • Revenues are subtracted from the budget and the remainder becomes the lax levy. The tax levy is the amount of the tax levy that is raised through the property tax.
  • To determine the tax rate, the taxing jurisdiction divides the lax levy by the total assessed value of all the property in the jurisdiction.
  • Because tax rates are generally expressed as “per $1,000” of taxable assessed value” the product is multiplied by 1,000.
Looking over your property taxes and knowing how they are calculated is always beneficial for managing your finances. 

Do you think you are paying too much in property taxes? Contact Property Tax Reduction Consultants today! We have helped tens of thousands of homeowners just like you save money, and get back millions of dollars in refunds from the towns, for overpaid property taxes. Our mission is to ensure you pay the lowest amount of taxes required by law.

For more information about Property Tax Reduction Consultants, visit PTRC.com, or check out our Facebook Page, linked HERE

Monday, April 16, 2018

Suffolk County Grievance Deadline, It's Approaching!

Suffolk County Grievance Deadline



Have you filed your Suffolk County grievance yet?  It’s not too late!  Suffolk County property owners have until May 15th 2018 to file a grievance with the town to lower their property taxes. 


At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, saving you money is our priority.  There is no fee to be qualified and if we determine that you are paying your fair share of property taxes, there is no cost to you.  We have helped over 150,000 clients save millions of dollars in property taxes. 


With the latest data, technology, strategy and negotiation skills we work to make the process of reducing your property taxes simple.


If you think that you are overpaying on your taxes, call us at  (516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654 to contact our office. We will do all of the paperwork and make any necessary appearances on your behalf.  Simply apply by mail, fax, email, or online to reduce your property taxes this year.

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
www.PTRC.com