The National Council of the Taxation Institute met with the Commissioner of Taxation, Michael D'Ascenzo, on Monday 24 August 2009. A range of issues were discussed including topical trust issues. A theme of the discussion was improving dialogue between the tax profession and the ATO and the leading role of the Taxation Institute in this. There was discussion on the scope for exploring better ways of dealing with matters which involve issues where there is dispute around the law or its application. The Taxation Institute’s President, Joan Roberts FTIA (Harwood Andrews), who chaired the meeting, noted that the discussions were positive and laid the foundation for improving consultation and co-operation and contributing to design improvements.