Friday, November 23, 2018

Fun Places to Go During Winter in Long Island



It's winter and you're looking for fun winter activities to do outdoors with friends and family on Long Island. Below are several activities for adults and children.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Outdoor ice skating provides exercise and an inexpensive way to exercise in the winter months. Some rinks rent skates and others you'll need to bring yours. The Christopher Morley Park Rink located at 500 Searingtown Road North in Roslyn is open from Thanksgiving to mid-March for skating. This outdoor rink is regulation size and has skate rental.

The Bucks Hill Winter Club in East Hampton has an outdoor rink that offers outdoor skating all year round. They have skate lessons, rentals, hockey games, and are open 7 days per week. Inside, is a cafe and fireplace a place to stop after ice skating. Check the schedule for public ice skating times. It is located at 178 Buckshill Road, Easthampton.

Tangier Outlet Ice Rink at the Arches is an outdoor rink with a shopping center close by. All ages can skate at the outdoor rink and children under 5 are free. Skate rentals are available, discounted skating on Tuesdays, and a DJ on Friday nights. Check open skate hours. It is located at 455 Commack Road, Deerfield.

Seal Cruises

On the Captain Lou Fleet Cruises, you will be able to take a boat cruise in the winter to see the seals. There are cruises in January, February, March, and April that run from 1- 3 p.m. during some weekdays and weekends. You will see seals and other marine life along the Hempstead Bay. There is a snack bar on board with burgers, hot dogs, turkey sandwiches, snacks, and beverages.

Hiking Trails

The Caleb Smith State Park Preserve has winter trails for hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. It offers seal walks on weekends and hikes for adults in winter. It is located at 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge has hiking and winter activities. There are night hikes, winter bird watching, owl watching, full moon hiking, and nature courses indoors. It has seven miles of scenic hiking. It is located at 3 Old Country Road in Quogue.

Food Trucks in Winter

Walking in local neighborhoods for exercise is another way to get outdoor exercise. Stopping at a local food truck for breakfast or lunch along the way is another great winter activity. Many of these food truck listed by News 12 Long Island serve hot dogs, hamburgers, bake goods, pizza, barbecue and more. Take a walk nearby and stop at a food truck near you.


We hope some of these options inspire an outdoor fun time by yourself or with your friends and family! Happy Holidays from PTRC. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ways to Improve your Home this Winter


The long and hot days of summer are long gone. The leaves have fallen off the trees and the cold air is now a permanent feature of the climate. Winter has arrived for everyone, including local residents that reside in Long Island, New York. 

Homeowners who live in this area, you can do the following things to improve your property's value and to get your home ready before the snow arrives. 



Keep your Yard Neat and Organized 

You might be a homeowner who doesn't believe in doing that much yard work once summer ends. This is a mistake to think in this way. The fact is that your front and back yard areas should always be free from foliage, debris and garbage. Rake in remaining leaves that have been left over from the early fall.

Get rid of any branches or debris that lands onto your yard after a fall storm or from a windy fall day. Next, make sure that all remaining items from the summer have been cleared away. Make sure to remove leaves from your gutter to keep them in good condition. Once you do this, your yard will look well kept and ready for winter.

Give your Hedges and Bushes One Final Trim 

As a homeowner you might be tempted to think that trimming the hedges is pointless during this time of year. In most cases you are right. However, before the cold sets in for a while, you should give your bushes and hedges one final trim. Realistically, you should take this action during late October or mid November when we will get a few more warmer days. 

Plants will slow down their growth for the cold to conserve their own energy, one final trim before the holidays might be needed if you haven't done this yet. 

Final Cold Weather Improvements for Home 

Make sure you insulate your home and have your thermostat checked out before you need it the most. Get a good set of lights that conserve energy to brighten up your home for the long winter nights. Check you in home air filter as theys hould be changed every 30 to 60 days. Test your fire and carbonmonoxide alarms once a month. Call your local trusted HVAC technician to check out your heating system to ensure it's up and running efficiently. 

PTRC also encourages you to safely apply ornaments to your house and yard to avoid fire or shock. Do not overload your sockets with lights.  Also, touch up your home with paint if it needs before the cold sets in.  We hope this list of reminders is something that was of use to you. Happy Holidays from PTRC. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

What is Property Tax?



Property tax is the amount of tax that a homeowner needs to pay every year for owning that property. It is a type of ad valorem, a term derived from Latin which means 'according to value'. The tax of a property is calculated based on the assessment of the value of the property.

Local property taxes imposed on every homeowner in the locality is used to fund many public properties and service such as schools, libraries, and fire department. This tax is the major source of funding in most counties across the United States. Some property tax bills show how the funding is used and distributed and what portion of the money goes to any specific public expense.

Assessing property tax is done entirely by the local tax assessor's office upon the guidance of PTRC. It is calculated every year or once in five years depending on the state and local laws. The tax assessment is first sent out to homeowners which is followed by actual tax bill for the property. The final assessment is based on the estimation of the market value plus other elements such as sales comparison, cost method, and income method.

While comparing sales, your property is compared with other similar properties that were sold in the recent months or years. It is then adjusted to variables that may increase or decrease the value of your property such as home additions, improvements and renovations. In the cost method, the assessor will calculate the total cost of rebuilding the property from the ground up taking into account labor and materials used.


If the property is old, depreciation is factored in as well. The cost is then added to the value of the land. For business and commercial properties, the PTRC assessor will use the income method to arrive at the final assessment. Here, the income that the property would generate if it is rented out is calculated based on rental rates, maintenance cost and other expenses.

The property's assessment is finally multiplied with the local tax rate. This rate is usually called as mill rate. One mill is equal to $1 for every $1000 of the value of the property or depending on what the local or state government has determined. The final value of the mill rate may vary from one region to another. Local government often decide how much tax revenue should be generated in order to keep the public services up and running.

Monday, October 29, 2018

What Does Market Value Mean?


When a person or business is looking into selling, they need to know how much their home or building is worth. They will need to have a good idea of this in order to ask for an amount that is both reasonable and practical so that it will sell.

The Market Value

The market value is an estimate of how much the home or building will command on the market. This takes into consideration on types of information. A person or company will want a professional to get involved so that the property can be appraised. At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we have the ability to help you find the market value of your home or building in Nassau or Suffolk County.

Market Value Will Fluctuate

The market value of a home or business will fluctuate. It will depend on how the market is doing in general, where the home or building is located and how the economy is doing. All these factors will combine in order to see how a home or business will sell when it is compared to other buildings of a similar nature.

Increasing The Market Value

There are many things that a person or company can do to increase the market value of their building. They can renovate it, fix anything that is broken and make it more appealing. All of these things can help to up the market value.

Property Tax Reduction Consultants

We are a company that takes pride in what we do to help our customers. Our staff is professionally trained, and they are exceptionally good at what they do. They are able to answer any questions that our clients will have because they are experienced at knowledgeable about their craft. If you or someone you know needs to find out the market value of your home or business, please contact us for more information.


At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, PTRC, we are here to assist you. Please take a look at our website, https://www.ptrc.com/, and make an appointment with PTRC as soon as possible.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

What is a SCAR petition?


Owning Your First Home in Long Island and Property Tax Possibilities

Buying your first home is a joyous occasion. Images of barbeques and housewarming parties often flood your mind when you finally get to purchase your first home. There are a few things to look out for, though. New responsibilities arise when you become a homeowner. One of those responsibilities is your property tax assessment.

In short, the state assesses your property value and may make changes to your already established property tax. In some cases, this can be a dramatic increase that costs you financially. Luckily, PTRC or otherwise known as Property Tax Reduction Consultants is here to help when you feel that your tax assessment has given you an unreasonable or uncalled for a tax hike.

SCAR Petitions and How PTRC Can Help

One of the ways you can combat an unreasonable property tax hike is to file a SCAR Petition. A SCAR Petition is better known as a small claims assessment review. Basically, when you get the bad news that your property taxes are going up considerably, you have thirty days to file for an opportunity to have a special small claims court review your case again.

This is only for homeowners, though. To be eligible to file, you must own a one, two, or three family home that is three stories tall or less. This counts for condominiums, too. The state charges a thirty dollar fee to file and you must file within a specified time frame if you want to get your case reviewed.

As the name suggests, PTRC specializes in aiding clients with these types of cases. Our company services the counties of Nassau and Suffolk in New York. It's not a requirement to have an attorney present at an assessment review, but it is an extremely valuable resource and can mean the difference between your property taxes being reduced and your case being dismissed.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Activities To Enjoy In Long Island



Summer is over and Fall is here. Time to look for activities you can do during the change of season in the Long Island area before we're involved in the holiday rush. Are you ready? There are lots of things to do. Fairs, festivals, outings and more await fun seekers.

We've already missed more than a few festivals such as the Annual Shinnecock Indian Powwow, The Brookhaven Country Fair and the Orchard Apple Festival. Don't despair. September was loaded with activities, but with Halloween on the horizon, October brings numerous events for you to enjoy. Attend with a friend or bring the kids. Many activities are family friendly.

Enjoy music, history and live craft demonstrations? You will want to visit the Fall Festival at Sagtikos Manor. This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for kids. Held October 7 you won't want to miss it.

Looking for something a little scarier? How about the Spooky Fest held seven different days during October. Here you can experience the haunted woods or the maze of zombies. On the non-scary side are craft activities, strolling through the woods, the Halloween theater, and 'amazing" animals.

OK. So you're interested more in harvest festivals. Try the Harvest Fair held October 13 or the Islip Country Fair on October 27. Like the water? Try the Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival coming October 20 or the Great Jack-o'-Lantern Spectacular Sail you can experience October 28. Other offerings include Oktoberfest and the Raggamuffin Parade. coming your way October 28.

Wait, we're leaving out an abundance of other activities Visit your local park. Get adventurous visiting a park you haven't been to before. How about a visit to the beach? It may be a little chilly. Since when isn't a nice walk on the beach unromantic?

Long Island is home to a number of hiking trails including Garvies Point Preserve leading to a quiet beach or visit the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Also for consideration are apple picking, bowling events, pumpkin patches, and haunted houses. The choice for entertainment in the Fall in Long Beach is amazing.

A few other events to consider are family friendly museums or visiting an aquarium. Both offer fun learning opportunities for you and the kids. When was the last time you explored the heavens at a planetarium? Stop by the Firefighters Museum or explore Garden City with its many offerings including Museum Row. Opportunities are endless.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

How often can I grieve my taxes?

About Us

P.T.R.C., Inc or Property Tax Reduction Consultants has been a forerunner in the Long Island Nassau and Suffolk county areas. We want to help you get through the process of grieving your property taxes. A tax grievance is an official complaint that is disputing a town's assessed value of a certain property. We make sure you only pay the smallest amount of property taxes that the law allows.

We have kept friendly with our customers through the years and have clearly shown ourselves to be trustworthy and fair. We would only charge you the least amount if we win your assessment case.

How To Grieve Your Property Taxes Legally

A homeowner is allowed to file a property tax grievance should they disagree with the taxes owed. An assessment is done and if the assessor doesn't reduce your property tax, you can file an appeal (SCAR) to resolve the grievance. We charge 50% of your property tax deduction and we only get paid after formal notice of the tax reduction. Should your tax grievance go from Administrative Review to the (SCAR) Judicial Review, we will collect a $30 application fee for court filing. In Suffolk County, you must provide the most recent certified appraisal, in order to avoid the $75 CMA fee.

Property taxes can change from year to year according to your town's municipalities and school district needs. Some homeowners pay their own property taxes separately, while others have them in escrow and only receive the receipts. Any newly added exemptions and assessments changes can also affect your property taxes.

Property taxes can only be paid according to the calendar time allowed for that county. In Nassau County, filing time is January first through March first. For Suffolk County, the calendar time to file is May first on through till the third Tuesday in May.

How Often Can I Grieve My Property Taxes?

You can grieve your property taxes every year. For those who have already reduced their taxes in the past, grievance only applies to the current tax year and future years so you cannot grieve taxes you have already paid. Your taxes cannot be raised just because you filed a grievance. You only have a once a year chance to file a grievance.

Once the deadline for that year has passed you cannot file again till the next year. Filing a grievance every year is a good practice to make sure you will not miss the chance to lower your property taxes. Taxes can be grieved every year at the town level, but only every other year at the small claims court(SCAR).