Memphis’ iKare Taxes enjoying success, thanks to owner and CEO Alis Rhymes

Alis Rhymes loves corporate America.

Given her immense track record in the industry, it’s safe to assume corporate America loves her just as much.

Tax2To her credit, Rhymes, 42, undoubtedly has found her niche as a dedicated working American, in large part because her track record is such that she has been a fixture in this ever-so-competitive industry for nearly two decades.

Aside from her career as an Assistant General Manager for a company based in Southeast Memphis, Rhymes also has become quite efficient as a Mid-South-area tax preparer.

How else to explain why she thought it essential to establish her very own tax service?

A graduate of Memphis Whitehaven High, Rhymes is owner and chief executive officer of iKare Taxes.

Located at 1661 International Drive, Suite 400, in Northeast Memphis, iKare Taxes has adopted the catchphrase as the “Maximum Refund Specialist,” in large part because Rhymes’ business specializes in free tax refund estimates, past year filings, IRS and tax audit assistance, a service that helps individuals recover from becoming victimized by identity theft, and $100 referrals, among other entities.

According to a spokesperson for the rising tax business that is an authorized E-file provider, iKare is professionally run and has developed a keen reputation for providing consumers and tax payers with efficient, accurate service.

So much, in fact, that if customers find it difficult locating the establishment, an iKare representative will come to them to meet their tax preparation needs.

“My competitive nature has always been the driving force in my life,” Rhymes, a former Mid-South-area amateur basketball, bowling and swimming standout, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “Failure isn’t an option. Winning is the only mentality I have.”

TaxA trend that, to her credit, was essentially organized when Rhymes was in her late 20s.

So far, so good for this rising business owner.

“I have been preparing all forms of taxes for about 15 years,” said Rhymes, assessing her lengthy track record as a professional tax preparer. “It started with just doing a few friends here and there and eventually it became a business that was growing.”

As Rhymes recalls, people who sought help with their taxes had ultimately come from all over the Bluff City.

“I wasn’t aware of how many clients I had taken on,” Rhymes explained. “I enjoy making sure my customers are comfortable and understand exactly what’s going on with their taxes.”

Today, however, Rhymes said iKare Taxes are devising ways to expand beyond the Mid-South.

“My business caters to all people who are of working age and either received a W2 or 1099 form from their employer or are self-employed,” Rhymes said. “I haven’t taken the business any further than Memphis, but my goal is to expand across Memphis, Nashville, and Kentucky.”

Given her notable track record as a professional tax preparer, Rhymes realizes more than anything that because of her devout faith, all things are possible.

“My personal mission is to follow a dream I never thought was possible,” Rhymes said. “I want to inspire anyone who crosses my path that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. What man said wasn’t possible, God said it was.”

For more details about iKare Taxes, call Alis Rhymes at 901-387-8598.


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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

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