IBFD Tax Research Platform

The IBFD Tax Research Platform contains primary and secondary content for international tax research.


Onsite access is available to all IALS Library academic members. 

Offsite access is available to IALS staff, fellows and students; SAS staff, fellows and students (other than IALS); University of London law staff and postgraduate students.


When entering IBFD users will be taken to the Search page, where the content of the IALS subscription is displayed alongside filters and a free text search box. IALS subscribes to the following content:

  • News (updated throughout the day)
  • Tables 
  • Country tax guides (these explain the tax systems in different countries of the world)
  • Treaties & Models
  • Global Topics (e.g. Global Tax Treaty Commentaries and International Tax Structuring)
  • Primary Sources (e.g. EU law)
  • Case Law
  • Books
  • Journal Articles and Papers

Further features available from the homepage are: Tax Dossiers, which contain links to primary and secondary materials on ‘hot topics’ in international tax; links to webinars on specific tax issues; Timeline, which contains a news archive of items released on the homepage.   


From the Search screen, it is also possible to browse the content collections using the Filters and/or Topic Search options on the left hand side of the screen. Select a country, related country, region, international organisation or topic (once selected, click on the tick to confirm). Once selected, it is possible to browse the different content types from the middle of the screen. Arrows allow users to view content types not currently displayed on-screen. 


Simple free-text searching is available from the Search page. The search does not use Boolean operators, although use of quotation marks for phrase searching is possible. There is no advanced search option, however, there are options to filter results by country, related country, region or international organisation.  

Printing, Downloading and Emailing

Options for printing or exporting are available under the actions drop-down menu. Export options include PDF and Excel. Some documents are automatically available as PDF’s. 

Other Features

Items opened within a search session are added to the Documents menu. It is possible to compare side-by-side things that are currently your documents. To do this, go to documents and select the tick-box beside the material you wish to compare then, also from the documents menu, click on the Compare button.  


Help pages are available from the top right of all IBFD pages.