Inland Revenue has confirmed it’s cutting 156 jobs from its regional offices.

The affected branches are Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Nelson and Invercargill.

Deputy Commissioner Carolyn Tremain said the original proposal was for 191 job losses, but after consultation with staff the number has been reduced to 156.

She said IRD will keep its offices, but where and how it does some work would change.

The process is expected to take 18 months, and will start early next year.