Reference Sources:

Popular Works:

Many titles intended for non-lawyers have forms that are useful to law students too. These are published by They are located in the Reference Section on the First Floor, Range 112. Older editions are on the third floor and can be checked out. They often have CDs available at the Circulation Desk. Some are available electronically through the GMU Library Catalog. Examples include:

Print Treatises:

Federal Tax, Generally:

Corporate and M & A:

Estates & Trusts:

Family Law:

Real Estate:


Tax Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving:

Electronic Resources:

The databases below provide access to primary and secondary federal tax materials. 

  • Bloomberg Law: Tax Practice Center brings together all of BNA and Bloomberg Law's materials on taxes: federal, employee benefits, estate planning, state, and international. Materials include laws, regulations, and treaties, congressional materials, court opinions, BNA Law Reports, books and treatises, journals, news, and more. 
  • Bloomberg BNA: Tax & Accounting Center is all of BNA's Tax and Accounting materials, such as BNA Law Reports, news and analytical materials, primary sources, and treatises in one location (this material is also available in the Bloomberg Law Tax Practice Center).
  • Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Tax Research Network contains tax news and federal and state tax information. Included are tax codes, regulations, court cases, rulings, legislative documents, treaties, IRS publications, and CCH explanations and analyses.
  • Lexis Advance (Mason Law users only)
    • Practice Area > Tax Law
  • PLI Discover Plusis the online platform for the Practicing Law Institute's treatises, handbooks, and forms. Includes:
    • Internal Revenue Service Practice and Procedure Deskbook, by Erin M. Colllins & Edward M. Robbins Jr.
  • Thomson Reuters Checkpoint (Formerly RIA Checkpoint) contains a substantial collection of primary tax materials, including tax legislation and IRS materials. In addition, Thomson Reuters Checkpoint provides full-text access to several journals from WG&L and Thomson Reuters, current news about tax legislation, and case law.
  • Westlaw (Mason Law users only)
    • Practice Area > Tax

Online Journals:

Use the GMU Libraries E-journal Finder to search for any journal by title to gain online access. The University's Libraries subscribe to various tax journals in the area of law and other areas such as economics and business.

Primary Materials in Print:



Title 26 of the United States Code comprises the "Tax Code." Consult U.S.C., U.S.C.S., or U.S.C.A. Other sources include:

  • Internal Revenue Acts (annual as needed, Thomson Reuters), including texts of Acts, Legislative History, Signing Statements, Tables, and Index. KF6275.99 U54 2012.
  • Internal Revenue Code (annual, Thomson Reuters), KF6276.526 .A19 I57 2014. Library has 1971 to present.

Regulations (Treasury Decisions, or T.D.s):

Title 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations comprises the codified Tax regulations. Other sources include:


Treaties & International Documents:

Repealed and Amended Statutes, Legislative History:

You can find older editions of the United States Code, CFR, and Federal Register on HeinOnline. For compiled legislative histories, use ProQuest Legislative Insight. For a comprehensive search of congressional documents, use ProQuest Congressional.

Federal Government Websites:

United States Tax Court

Last updated February 12, 2016