Family-owned tax services since 1965
TaxSlayer's robust history began a half-century ago when Aubrey Rhodes Sr. founded Rhodes-Murphy & Co. in Augusta, Georgia. An income tax preparation business dating to 1965 has evolved into an innovative tax preparation and filing software development company that retains its founder's commitment to a family-owned business and its employees, customers and community.
Rhodes-Murphy & Co. built on early success to modify and enhance the business. In 1980, Aubrey Rhodes Sr. passed away and his son, Jimmy Rhodes, was elected president. Under new leadership, the company added an income tax school to teach potential employees tax preparation skills. In 1984, Carl Rhodes and Zane D. Christopher Jr. joined Jimmy as principals of the company. The legacy continues. On January 1, 2016, Brian Rhodes was elected president of the company while Jimmy Rhodes, Carl Rhodes, and Zane Christopher transitioned to the Board of Directors. In 2016 Scott Rhodes and Ashleigh Rhodes Wilder also became principals.
Tax technology trailblazers
The company's venture into software development began in 1989. A new tax software enabled Rhodes-Murphy offices to complete tax returns on the computer instead of by hand, a revolutionary step that improved efficiency. The software increased the number of returns completed and raised the market price for services. When the software development was completed in 1991, it was named TaxSlayer Pro after the original e-mail address of Jimmy Rhodes.
TaxSlayer continues to create modern ways to offer financial services. The TaxSlayer Business Solutions division began offering bookkeeping services for TaxSlayer Pro users in 2005 and eight years later, was marketed to small businesses to simplify online accounting and payroll. Rhodes-Murphy & Co. was sold the same year to existing employees enabling TaxSlayer to focus on tax products. TaxSlayer’s corporate office was built in 2012 and is located in Evans, Georgia.
TaxSlayer remained customer-obsessed and persisted in its commitment to remain innovative. In 2017 TaxSlayer launched Workful (www.workful.com) to help small business owners streamline their day-to-day operational tasks. Workful consolidates payroll, human resources and point of sale services into a single cloud-based solution, resulting in a unified, streamlined workflow that allows owners to focus on the bigger picture—owning their business rather than managing it.
That same year, TaxSlayer took a bold step forward with the introduction of LegalSpark (www.legalspark.com), providing fast, affordable legal advice for every legal issue. LegalSpark offers advice from experienced and approved lawyers at the rate of $50 for a 20-minute phone conversation. LegalSpark’s lawyers advise consumers on a single legal matter, which saves them the hassle and expense of engaging with law firms or paying an ongoing retainer. Available in Georgia and launching in multiple states in 2018, LegalSpark is the easiest way to get your legal questions answered.
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Strong sports partnerships
Aligning with its strategic business growth, professional sports sponsorships have allowed TaxSlayer to engage with its customers throughout the year. In 2009, TaxSlayer began partnering with NASCAR and sponsored its first driver. The affiliation grew in 2011 when the company partnered with the JR Motorsports team and sponsored its racing-star owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
TaxSlayer also has other sponsorships with popular American sports. In 2012, college football's Gator Bowl was renamed the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. Three years later, the company earned exclusive naming rights to the TaxSlayer Bowl for six years. Lastly, TaxSlayer sponsors PGA Tour golfers Patrick Reed and Kevin Kisner.
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Valuable community support
TaxSlayer's family-centered values drive it to strengthen the community, provide others an opportunity for success and help organizations that work to improve an individual's confidence and self-sufficiency. In 2004, TaxSlayer created the Guardian Cup charity golf tournament benefitting SafeHomes of Augusta, a domestic violence center. The company has pledged $1 million to build a new facility for the organization in 2014. The facility opened on June 16, 2016. TaxSlayer also supports the Dale Jr. Foundation, Press On Fund to Cure Childhood Cancer, Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care, Border Bash Foundation, Rock Fore! Dough benefitting The First Tee, Day with a Deputy, Family YMCA Camp Lakeside, LLS Man & Woman of the Year, and Augusta University Gala.
The company’s philanthropy goes beyond just giving but includes growing future leaders through the support of education. Over the years, the owners have invested in education in many ways. Zane Christopher, TaxSlayer LLC Board of Directors member, made a generous donation to fund the establishment of the TaxSlayer Student Services Center for the School of Business Administration (SOBA) at the University of South Carolina Aiken. TaxSlayer has established a scholarship with the University of Georgia Athletics and provides ongoing support of Aquinas and other area high schools.