THE tax office in Barnsley will close as part of the tax authority's plans to replace the face-to-face enquiry centres with a phone service.

HM Revenue and Customs is proposing to close all 281 centres and replace them with the phone service and home visits in an effort to save £13m.

It's thought there are about six members of staff at the Barnsley branch.

A HMRC spokesman said most enquiries could be dealt with over the phone or online.

"Obviously there are vulnerable people, elderly people and those with learning disabilities who would still need a face-to-face appointment but instead of them coming to us, we would travel to see them."