Before reading the following section, please note that performing a search will search the collections you subscribe to or, if applicable, your Research Profile by default. In order to execute a search of all IBFD's collections, untick the checkbox at the top of the frame on the left entitled 'Select my subscriptions only' before performing the search. Of course you can only access the documents yielded by the search results if you have a subscription to them. Documents shown in grey are not accessible. Please note that you must always log on to have access to the documents of your subscription.
For more on the Research Profile feature, please visit the Personalization section of our Help file.
You can also include the IBFD Library Catalogue in your search. This will allow you to view content from our library database that matches your search, in addition to the regular Platform search.
The IBFD Tax Research Platform offers a multitude of ways to search for the information you need. You can start your search by selecting a collection, a country, a region, a special topic, or a practice area, or through a(n) (advanced) full text search.
It is also possible to select "All EU Member States" or "All OECD Member countries" from the Country drop-down menu in the left frame. This will display the collections that contain documents relating to all the countries that are members of these organizations.
After the first search criterion has been executed you can further refine your search by using the options presented in the frame on the left.
For example, if you want to find out what documents relate to holding companies in the Netherlands, you can do the following. From the menu on the left, select 'Holding Companies' under "Topic search":
The middle frame will now display the collections that contain documents relating to the topic you have just chosen (i.e. Holding Companies):
From the menu on the left, select 'Netherlands' under the Country drop-down menu:
The middle frame will now display the collections that contain documents relating to the topic you have chosen (i.e. Holding Companies) in combination with the country you have just selected (i.e. the Netherlands):
Here you can select the results for a specific collection. For example, if you want to see all the news items about the criteria you have selected, click on the 'News' collection:
By deleting a search term or collection in the breadcrumbs (
) you may adjust the results to suit your new criteria.
Alternatively, by clicking on the IBFD logo in the top left corner of the IBFD Tax Research Platform you can clear your current search, and reset the Platform.
Full text search
Alternatively, a search can be performed by entering a term in the 'Full Text Search' box at the top of the left-hand frame. All the documents in the collections that contain the term searched for will be displayed in the middle frame. From there on you can further refine your search by using the drop-down menus in the left-hand frame.