Portsmouth tax offices set to close

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JOBS are set to go from two tax offices in Portsmouth, it has been announced.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed today that two of its sites in the city, Lynx House and Wingfield House, will be closed in the coming years.

It’s part of a radical modernisation programme which will see the 43 offices being replaced with two, regional hubs.

As part of the plans Wingfield House will be closed in 2018-19 while Lynx House will shut later, in 2025-26.

Lin Homer, HMRC’s chief executive, said the organisation remained ‘committed’ to modern regional centres, adding: ‘HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and out-dated offices.

‘This makes it difficult for us to collaborate, modernise our ways of working, and make the changes we need to transform our service to customers and clamp down further on the minority who try to cheat the system.’

The regional centres will be based in Stratford and Croydon.

It’s expected that the Stratford regional centre while house between 5,000 and 5,300 full-time staff employees while the Croydon base will support 2,500 to 2,800.

Redundancies in existing centres that are located ‘a long way’ from these centres are possible, the HMRC hinted.

However, a spokesman added that the organisation ‘would do everything it could’, within reason, to help staff find new roles, either elsewhere in the civil service, or outside, ‘in order to minimise redundancies’.