A WEEK of protests are set to place next week against plans to close Barnstaple's HM Revenue and Customs enquiry office.
The news comes as part of a wider plan to shut all of HMRC's 281 enquiry centres across the UK.
People will then be expected to use their internet or telephone service.
Public and Commercial Service union members will be protesting against the plans, which they say will remove the option of face-to-face advice.
In addition, it is expected there will be a national announcement later in the year regarding HMRC's location strategy.
Barnstaple's tax office was announced to close in 2005 but this was reprieved in 2008 with the assurance it would remain open until 2015.
But there are concerns the next announcement could put the future of Barnstaple's tax office, including 90 jobs, at risk.
Protests against the planned closure of enquiry offices will begin on September 23.
Paul Fry, Barnstaple PCS office secretary, said: "Rather than seeking to improve their customer service, HMRC is closing all of its local enquiry centres, penalising ordinary taxpayers who simply needed help in filling out returns or getting advice.
"It will threaten the jobs of highly qualified and dedicated staff while heaping more pressure on the remaining workforce. We are urging the department to keep these vital local offices open to the public."
The union states more than 1,300 staff currently work at the enquiry centres across the UK, with 2.5 million people visiting them for advice each year.
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