Proposal to close a city tax office to be decided

Jacquie Shaw of the NMRN

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A PROPOSAL to close one of two HMRC offices in Portsmouth is to be decided in April.

The plan to close Wingfield House would see staff from the Commercial Road office move to Lynx House in Cosham from 2014.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has been carrying out a review of its offices since the government announced cuts in the Public Sector Spending Review.

It says there will be no redundancies should Wingfield House close.

The tax office also said that staff affected by the potential move would work within a reasonable distance of another office.

Lisa Billard of HMRC said: ‘Office closures will not be detrimental to customer service.

‘Most of our businesses are organised on national lines and few offices provide a service locally.

‘We continue to provide face-to-face services for customers where needed and our enquiry centre at Lynx House is open five days a week.’

HMRC said it was too early to speculate on what could happen to Wingfield House if it was vacated.