Tax office decision expected

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AN announcement is expected today on the future of Portsmouth’s main tax office.

HM Revenue and Customs is set to reveal whether or not it will close Wingfield House, in Commercial Road, and move its 500 employees to Lynx House in Cosham from 2014.

Concerns have already been raised that this will lead to job losses because the north Portsmouth office already holds 800 HMRC employees.

At a council meeting in March councillors voted to offer their support to the employees who face an uncertain future.

Dave Hansford, PCS union branch organiser, said: ‘If Wingfield House is closed, this will have an adverse effect on HMRC customers, as many are elderly or economically deprived.’