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Wanted: Authors and Correspondents in the Caribbean!

Sandy van Thol, IBFD Caribbean Editor, talks first-hand about the benefits of being an IBFD author. 
As the current IBFD Caribbean Editor, I have the honour of working with many talented authors and correspondents throughout the region. Recently, I also became the author for Aruba, my home and place of business. Our ultimate goal is to have knowledgeable and passionate authors and correspondents for each jurisdiction covered in the IBFD Tax Research Platform – the world’s most comprehensive collection of international tax information.


Authors are our lifeblood

A key component of the IBFD Tax Research Platform is our collection of survey chapters for all countries in the world, including countries in the Caribbean. Our authors play a key role in ensuring that the country survey chapters contain accurate and current information for IBFD subscribers with regard to corporate and individual taxation, as well as business and investment. Publication cycles may vary, but generally survey chapters are updated once a year, preferably after, for example, major changes in legislation or a budget cycle. An author can also take on the role of a correspondent.


Correspondents keep on top of developments

Our correspondents are responsible for preparing and submitting Tax News Service (TNS) reports when newsworthy items arise in the jurisdiction at hand, including budgets, legislation, tax rulings, and cases. In essence, these are short newsflashes that are published daily on the IBFD Tax Research Platform, providing the essentials of the important developments and key links, wherever possible, to the source or other governmental documents. The name and affiliation of the correspondent is mentioned, of course, as credit to our correspondents. A correspondent can also take on the role of an author.


Benefits of joining IBFD

The benefits of writing for IBFD as an author or correspondent are numerous. Besides financial remuneration, it stimulates you to stay on top of tax developments, provides marketing benefits for your practice, broadens your professional global network and provides access to the world’s most comprehensive cross-border tax database. The effort in relation to these benefits is considered to be quite satisfactory and should not interfere with your day-to-day business.


How it works

IBFD is always looking for professionals who would like to contribute to the IBFD Tax Research Platform. Currently, there is a specific demand for authors and correspondents with specialized knowledge or experience in Cuba, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and/or Haiti. In general, input is provided by authors and correspondents in an online format, although a telephone conference or video conference may also be arranged with the editor or other relevant departments of IBFD, if so desired.


How to join

Are you interested in becoming an author or correspondent for IBFD? Please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at, should you have any questions or comments. Please also have a look on I am looking forward to working with you!