CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Tax Department has announced that their Logan satellite office will be closing next month in an effort to save money in the face of budget cuts. All affected employees will keep their jobs, according to Tax Commissioner Mark Matkovich.
The Satellite office in Logan, along with Satellite offices in Morgantown and Princeton, and the regional office in Huntington, will be closed effective Sept. 26. Employees were notified earlier Friday.
All five employees from the Huntington regional office and the lone employee from the Logan location have been reassigned to the agency’s Charleston offices. The lone employee from the Princeton location will now work from the regional office in Beckley and the lone employee from the Morgantown location will now work from the regional office in Clarksburg.
“Consolidating our footprint without losing our valued employees allows us to reduce our facility operations costs while still serving our taxpayers and protecting our employees’ jobs,” Matkovich said.
The State Tax Department will save approximately $15,000 per year by closing three satellite offices and nearly $52,000 per year by closing one regional office that is located within a reasonable commute to the agency’s capital city headquarters.
“We did not arrive at this decision easily,” Matkovich said. “We have explored and continue to explore a multitude of ways to save money in the face of budgetary restraints. We continue look for opportunities to save money in many ways from reducing our postage expenditures, which are substantial, to consolidating our Charleston footprint by eliminating a major third-party lease. We are on the lookout for every possible way for the agency can save money now and in the future.”
There are reasons other than monetary for the agency to consolidate operations, Matkovich said. The agency has seen a shift in recent years to a focus on more readily available electronic information. Just last year, www.tax.wv.gov was overhauled to be easier to navigate. Frequently used forms and tax tips are easier to find and more comprehensive in nature.
“We continue to focus on making more information easier to find and easier to understand in an effort to better utilize our limited resources by reducing the need to meet with us face-to-face,” Matkovich said.
For personalized service taxpayers may e-mail the agency at [email protected] or call Taxpayer Services at 800-982-8297, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.