Friday, May 21, 2021

What To Do If You Missed Our Grievance Deadlines

 



The grievance deadlines for Nassau and Suffolk county have come and gone, but don't think you have entirely missed out on your opportunity to lower your property taxes. Just because you missed this year doesn't mean you don't get to try again! You will have to wait until the next filing period. Here is everything you need to know about preparing for the following grievance deadlines and what can be done before that.

A Few Steps You Can Take To Lower Your Property Taxes

There are some simple things that you can do throughout the year leading up to tax day, which will help lower your property taxes. It doesn't have to be complex or complicated, so here are some tips to help you save money until our next grievance period:
  • If you have more than one residence in different counties, consider filing with only one county. You can use the other as a vacation home or rent it out.
  • Cut down trees or vines growing on your property that might be considered a nuisance by an appraiser if they affect the house's marketability or curb appeal.
  • Schedule regular inspections of your home to catch any problems before they escalate into costly repairs or increased taxes.
  • Claim all your exemptions and deductions, such as property tax deductions or real estate tax exemptions.
  • Maintain your roof well-- If you have a good roof, it can save up to $600 on your annual property taxes.
  • Set aside money each month.
  • Donate items you no longer need to help declutter your property.
  • Contact us to file for the next grievance period!

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

End of Spring Curb Appeal Tips

 


The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and it's almost time for summer. Even if it's late spring, that doesn't mean we can stop caring about our homes' curb appeal! If you need a quick fix to make your home more appealing this spring before summer hits, here are a few curb appeal tips that will give your house an instant boost.
 

Maintain Your Lawn

Cut your lawn and remove any weeds from your yard- that's a good start to making your home look better. The more often you cut your property, the healthier it will be. Keep that fresh, green look for your yard into summer.
 

Plant Some Flowers

Plant some flowers or shrubs near the entrance of your house to bring a brighter and more colorful look to your home. If you're unsure what type would work best in your climate, talk to someone at a garden center for recommendations and tips. Be sure you invest in flowers or shrubs that are meant to last through summer as well!

Clean Up Outside

The springtime is known to cause a lot of leaves and debris to fall all over. Your deck, roof, and gutters become cluttered with these items, and it can start to look pretty messy. An excellent place to start is by cleaning out your gutters. Not only will this make your home look better, but it will also ensure rainwater has somewhere to flow to help avoid water damage to your home. Also, take a leaf blower or another backyard tool and blow away all those tiny green leaves on your deck, patio, front porch, and driveway. Your home will look much neater!

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, May 13, 2021

Tax Season Dos and Don’ts

 



The dreaded Tax Day is quickly approaching, and with it comes a lot of pressure. You need to do many things to ensure that your taxes are filed correctly, and while it may seem like there's no time left, there's still plenty of time if you start now. With these Tax Day Dos and Don'ts, you'll be prepared for all that comes with filing your taxes.

Dos:

  • Be organized by saving receipts and organizing paperwork before the deadline.
  • Use electronic filing if possible as it will save time and money with less paperwork needed to be filed.
  • Double-check your tax withholdings by comparing them with last year's income and other documents related to earnings from this year.
  • File as early as possible-- filing before Tax Day will give you more time to work out any kinks in your taxes.
  • Know which forms to fill out, such as W2 or 1099.
  • Ask a professional if you're unsure about anything when it comes to your taxes.
  • Take advantage of any tax breaks or deductions that you may be eligible for.
  • Be aware of what deductions you can take on your taxes before filing.

Don'ts:

  • Don't forget to sign your return.
  • Avoid procrastination! This could lead to forgetting essential documents or incurring penalties from a late filing.
  • Try not to forget deductions-- many taxpayers overlook this section of their return, but it can save a lot of money!
  • Don't wait until Tax Day to file your taxes. It would help if you started as soon as possible.
  • Try not to forget to make sure you have all your financial documents in order - make copies or digital files if necessary, so they are readily available on the day.
  • Don't be unprepared for your interview with a tax professional. They are here to help you, so make sure you're all ready for them!

Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction in Suffolk County, 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, May 6, 2021

New Ways To Surprise Mom For Mother’s Day

 



Mother's Day is around the corner, and whether or not you have your gift yet, some simple surprises for your wonderful mom can go a long way. We all know how much our moms do for us and how they're always there when we need them most! Surprise her this year with one of these thoughtful presents:

Breakfast in Bed

Nothing says good morning like breakfast in bed! Show mom some special appreciation first thing in the morning on Mother's Day-- you'll surely surprise her! Whip up some of her favorites and add a bouquet of flowers or two for a little extra love.
 

Flower Delivery

Have a super-secret flower delivery get sent to her when she least expects it. No matter if she's at work or home, she'll love to receive some of her favorite flora this Sunday. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant- simply pick out something that speaks to her style or favorite color. Just be sure you keep it a secret so she can be extra surprised!
 

D.I.Y. Gifts

From handmade cards to handcrafted picture frames, painted and designed by you, you're sure to surprise mom with some D.I.Y. gifts. A lot of heart goes into presents you make by hand, so show your mother just how much love you have for her this weekend.
 

Gardening Fun

For moms who love their gardens: give them a garden of their own! Even if she doesn't currently have one, offer to help plant it. She'll love it when she sees how much better fresh veggies taste from the soil that is hand-grown rather than grocery store-bought. It could be a great little project to take on this upcoming weekend.

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, April 23, 2021

Places on Long Island Open for Spring 2021

 


Things are getting better and better with each passing month, and now with the weather heating up, there will be plenty of opportunities to get out on Long Island this spring. Many spots will have certain limitations, of course, but it’s always best to stay as safe as possible anyway. Here are some fun places to visit and enjoy this spring season on Long Island:

Wineries

The wineries have been open for quite some time now, but with limited seating. However, now that the weather is nicer, they will be able to accommodate more people! With this increased capacity, you’ll be able to enjoy a lovely spring day sipping wine outside. There are so many different locally made wines to try!

Museums and Aquariums

Starting April 26th, 2021, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, and more will increase attendance from 25% to 50% capacity! There are so many historical museums to visit with the whole family across Long Island and, of course, we can’t forget about the family favorite Long Island Aquarium!
 

Movie Theaters

Also, starting April 26th, 2021, movie theaters will be allowing 33% capacity at all locations. This might seem like a small step up from its previous 25% capacity, but it still leaves plenty of room to see movies more often this spring! There are sure to be some cinema hits released soon.
 

Event Venues

We’ll see event venues and arenas move from a 20% capacity level to 25% after May 19th! This applies mainly to big stadiums in New York; however, there are many event venues on Long Island that this will be affecting as well. Summer concerts might not be too far out of reach!
 

Restaurants

Similar to wineries, restaurants have been open for a while now. However, with the weather getting nicer, it gives them room to allow for more customers! Outdoor seating has become very popular due to all the recent changes, but it will be a lot more convenient during spring and summer to allow outdoor eating.


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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

4 Common Questions About Property Taxes

 


It's a known fact that homeowners have many questions about property taxes. You may be wondering how much you owe, what your tax rate is, or if there are any deductions you can take on your property taxes, among many other questions. We're here to answer the four most common questions homeowners, like you, have every day.

1. What should I do if my assessment seems incorrect?

As a property owner, know that you have a right to appeal your assessment if it seems incorrect. The assessor will typically explain why they feel the estimate is correct. Still, property owners should ask questions and request clarification if something about the assessment doesn't seem clear or accurate.

2. How does my property tax bill get calculated?

To calculate your property tax bill, the following factors are taken into account:
  • The total assessed value of your property
  • Local taxing jurisdictions (school district, municipal government)
  • Special assessments and/or taxes for which you're responsible
Other considerations affect how much money you pay in property taxes. These include:
  • Exemptions and deductions that apply to your home or business
  • Whether or not you have a homestead exemption
  • What type of building is on the property
And more!

3. Where can I find information on what other homes in my area have saved in property taxes?

Ever wonder what your neighbors are paying in property taxes? Property tax rates vary by state, county, and city. Here at Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we also offer a way for you to see just how much your neighbors have saved on property taxes this year and what this means for your home.
 

4. Why am I getting a higher property tax this year than last year?

The reasons for this can vary, but some of the most common causes include increases in assessed value, changes in exemptions, or other factors that impact the total tax bill, such as new construction. If you notice an increase in your property taxes this year compared to last year, be sure to contact your municipality so they can provide some explanation as to why it may have changed.


And if you feel you have a case for getting your property taxes lowered, that's where we come in.
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, April 12, 2021

Outdoor Activities for Long Island Families

 



The season of bloom is here, and with it comes some beautiful temperatures and scenery! For Long Island families, there are plenty of springtime activities to start participating in that are fun and safe. For those perfect weekends without rain, we’ve got some great ideas for you to enjoy below:

Picnic

Upgrade that simple lunch with a fun, outdoor eating experience! It’s so easy and doesn’t take very long to prepare for. Whether you choose your yard or a local park, it can be a great way to get out of the house. Here are all the essentials you’ll need:
  • Picnic blanket or old blanket
  • Basket or container for food
  • Plates and utensils
  • Finger foods (sandwiches, fruits, small desserts, small snacks)
  • Travel safe liquid holders
  • Ice packs or temperature-regulating coolers
  • Trash bag

Bike Riding

When was the last time you went on a good old-fashioned bike ride? Everyone can hop onto a bike and take an extended family trip around your neighborhood or surrounding areas. It’s a great way to keep active after long days in front of the computer. Consider all the benefits of biking with your whole family every week or every other week!

Visit Famous State Parks

From Montauk Point State Park to Robert Moses State Park, there are plenty of outdoor areas open to the public to visit. Remember to search up any COVID-19 regulations before you go, but for the most part, these places require you to wear your mask while near other people or indoors. The best part about these spots is that you can easily steer clear of other people. Similar locations include:
  • Caumsett State Park
  • Montauk Point Lighthouse
  • Cooper’s Beach
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Port Jefferson
  • Long Island Aquarium
  • Tanger Outlets

We love Long Island, and we hope you and your family find some ways to love it a little more this spring as well!

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