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Thomson Reuters will close Fort Worth office

Thomson Reuters, a news and information services company, will close its downtown Fort Worth office in the spring, although it said “the vast majority” of 308 affected employees will be offered positions in its Carrollton office or given the chance to work from home.

In a notice to the Texas Workforce Commission, the company said the anticipated closing date for the office, in the Burnett Plaza building at 801 Cherry St., is about April 30, 2014. The office is part of Thomson Reuters’ tax and accounting unit.

In a prepared release, Thomson Reuters said Monday it recently renovated a 400,000-square-foot campus in Carrollton, the headquarters for its tax and accounting unit, to accommodate 1,200 workers. About 6,000 people work in that unit worldwide.

The company said about 62 of the affected workers in Fort Worth are eligible for a severance package and can take it if they choose not to relocate. Five workers will see their positions eliminated at the office, Reuters said

Workers at the Fort Worth office include writers, editors, software developers, marketers and customer support. They provide resources to accountants, the company said.

Thomson Reuters moved into Burnett Plaza in 2000 when it consolidated two previous Fort Worth offices. It established a Fort Worth presence in 1986 when it acquired Practitioners Publishing, which provided accountants with continuing education materials and information on tax law changes.