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Tax Research Services

Tailor-made tax research
IBFD Tax Research is your direct reference for tailored research requests on national and international tax issues. IBFD’s in-house research staff, supported by local correspondents, can answer any question regarding taxation all over the world.
Every research request is carefully handled by our internal staff of 50 experts from more than 25 countries. We can also address our global network of professionals situated in over 100 countries if any additional information is necessary. This constitutes a unique knowledge base that enables us to deliver precise information in a timely fashion. In addition to that, our neutrality and unbiased research make us a true powerhouse for tax services.

IBFD's clients

IBFD offers tailor-made research services to all types of clients: governments, companies, non-governmental organizations and individuals. Our staff consists of multinational professionals, who are equipped to provide you with the experience and knowledge needed to comply with your request.

Over the years IBFD has successfully served many clients by providing timely, accurate and independent information. Some of our clients are:
  • The European Commission
  • The German Ministry of Finance
  • The Government of Mauritius
  • The Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and Finance
  • The UK National Accounting Office
  • The South Africa Mining Council
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG


Past tax research projects

Over the years, IBFD has provided research services to a large variety of clients on a vast array of topics in international taxation. A small sample of the kinds of research we have performed in the past includes:

  • a comprehensive survey and critical analysis of the implementation of the EC Merger Directive and Parent-Subsidiary Directive in 12 EU Member States
  • surveys of the tax treatment of income and gains accruing to foreign pension funds (covering 65 source countries)
  • a comparative study of the concepts of "economic employership" and "international hiring out of labour" in selected jurisdictions
  • a survey of the tax treatment of employee stock option plans in various countries
  • comparative studies of the income and inheritance tax aspects of emigration
  • a comparative survey of holding companies in selected European jurisdictions
  • a survey of the VAT treatment of telecommunication interconnection services
  • a comparative survey of the VAT treatment of specific types of medicine in several countries
  • detailed analyses of tax and accounting issues relevant to business process outsourcing in 40 countries