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: