ANDREW MEESON, the former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians, is accused, along with three others, of conspiracy to cheat HMRC between 1 January 2006 and 30 April 2010, Professional Pensions reported.
All four defendants have pleaded not guilty.
Meeson, dressed in a dark suit with chin-length grey hair, confirmed he registered the Moya schemes with HMRC, filed the relief at source claims, and did not dispute the money movements from the Moya pension scheme account, which include payments totalling £550,000 to his bank account until January 2010.
Meeson told the jury the money from the Moya account was part of a loan arrangement.
Asked by his counsel John Ryder QC whether borrowing the money was legal, Meeson replied: “To the best of my knowledge, yes.”
Meeson testified that he set up the pension schemes because he was asked to do so by Thomas Scragg who was head of the Moya group of companies.
He said he did not suspect there was any dishonest purpose for setting up the schemes and received a list of employee names with corresponding amounts to be claimed for tax relief from Moya.
Meeson told the court he helped to create a composite company structure for Moya, which allowed construction industry firms to reduce their tax bill by employing workers.
The trial continues…
Richard Oddy, Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn and Rory Goldthorpe have been appointed to senior roles in key sectors of high growth, with a further 17 junior and experienced hires
Adrian Hyde, a partner at CVR Global, has been appointed as the new president for a year-long term, effective 21 April this year
Richard White, Nicola Westbrooke and Richard Ross all join from KPMG, where they oversaw the real estate tax practice
Sheryl Davis joins the firm's High Wycombe office from Barnes Roffe