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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question... SmokinPhotos® has attempted to answer the more frequently asked questions here for your convenience.

*No information within this section supersedes the Terms & Conditions located within this website.

1. Can I still make a purchase and / or donation without a PayPal account?

2. So I purchased photography from SmokinPhotos® but am still not 100% clear as to what exactly this means for supporting disabled veterans; how am I supporting again?

3. What is the percentage of the purchase price (what I paid) that actually reaches disabled veterans?

4. I want to donate directly to the Official Pups for Patriots Project™; can I do that without purchasing anything from SmokinPhotos®?

5. Does SmokinPhotos® and America's VetDogs® have a partnership of any kind?

6. Does SmokinPhotos® write off, on taxes, what is donated at the end of the year to America's VetDogs®?

7. Can I write off what I donate directly to the Official Pups for Patriots Project™ or the percentage of my purchase from the SmokinPhotos® online gallery that is donated at the end of the year?

8. Why has SmokinPhotos® not become a 501(c)(3) organization?

1. Can I still make a purchase and / or donation without a PayPal account?

Yes, even without a PayPal account, you can still make a purchase and / or donate to the Official Pups for Patriots Project™. Once you have selected the photography you would like to purchase, simply add it to your cart and upon continuing to the checkout, PayPal will give you the option to sign into your PayPal account, sign up for an account or simply purchase with a credit card and therefore without joining PayPal. It is as simple as that. Making a donation works the same way.

2. So I purchased photography from SmokinPhotos® but am still not 100% clear as to what exactly this means for supporting disabled veterans; how am I supporting again?

As stated throughout our website, your purchase of photography from the SmokinPhotos® online gallery effects the life of a disabled veteran. This is done through some simple steps. First, you, the new supporter (customer), purchases photography from the SmokinPhotos® online gallery. Second, your payment is securely placed into the SmokinPhotos® PayPal verified business account. Third, the cost of SmokinPhotos® providing the photography to you (shipping, printing, PayPal processing fee, etc.) are subtracted out of the total purchase price, the price you paid. Finally, SmokinPhotos® takes that amount along with any other funds collected from your fellow supporters throughout the year and provides them, through the Official Pups for Patriots Project™, directly to America's VetDogs®. Once in the hands of America's VetDogs®, your purchase from SmokinPhotos® in support of the Official Pups for Patriots Project™ starts to assist disabled veterans as America's VetDogs® sees fit.

3. What is the percentage of the purchase price (what I paid) that actually reaches disabled veterans?

SmokinPhotos® has, since 2006, donated 100% of the purchase price of all photography sold on the SmokinPhotos® gallery. This means that despite stating only the profit made from a sale is donated to America's VetDogs®, SmokinPhotos® has actually been donating every cent you pay for a photograph (minus PayPal processing fee) to America's VetDogs®. SmokinPhotos® expects that at some point, as stated within the Terms & Conditions and the previous question, profits from the sale of photography within the gallery will only be donated to America's VetDogs®. This is due to a business not being able to survive without continued funding for the cost of operations and production.

4. I want to donate directly to the Official Pups for Patriots Project™; can I do that without purchasing anything from SmokinPhotos®?

Please visit the Official Pups for Patriots Project™ for the entire story as to what the Official Pups for Patriots Project™ does and find the donation link (below as well) which forwards you to the secure PayPal Official Pups for Patriots Project™ donation page. When a donation is made directly, without purchasing photography, to the Official Pups for Patriots Project™, you can count on your donation reaching disabled veterans in need. The funds are donated at the end of each year along with the funds collected from the sale of photography. You receive a receipt as well.

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5. Does SmokinPhotos® and America's VetDogs® have a partnership of any kind?

No, SmokinPhotos® and America's VetDogs® does not have a partnership of any kind. However, America's VetDogs® has illustrated their support of the Official Pups for Patriots Project through such media as Facebook and Twitter. You can see one of their statements within this website (located at bottom of each main page).

6. Does SmokinPhotos® write off, on taxes, what is donated at the end of the year to America's VetDogs®?

No.... no and no, SmokinPhotos® has never and will never write any of these donations off on taxes. It is the belief of SmokinPhotos®.

7. Can I write off what I donate directly to the Official Pups for Patriots Project™ or the percentage of my purchase from the SmokinPhotos® online gallery that is donated at the end of the year?

No, SmokinPhotos® is not currently incorporated and therefore, not eligible to become a 501(c)(3) organization. This fact denies you the legal right to write off any donations you provide directly to the Official Pups for Patriots Project™ or the percentage of funds used to support disabled veterans from your purchase of photography. However, SmokinPhotos® is currently working to Incorporate the Official Pups for Patriots Project™ upon relocating to Austin, Texas.

8. Why has SmokinPhotos® not become a 501(c)(3) organization?

As stated in the previous answer, SmokinPhotos® is not a corporation and is therefore not eligible for 501(c)(3) status. When forming a corporation, many factors come into play. One major factor is the formation of a board, a board is impossible to form at this time due to SmokinPhotos®, in-turn the Official Pups for Patriots Project™, being a one-man show. Michael J. Krifka is the founder, photographer and operator of SmokinPhotos® and the Official Pups for Patriots Project™, leaving only the printing of photography to a trusted company. However, all 501(c)(3) organizations are required, by law, to provide specific information to the IRS throughout every year. While not yet a registered NPO, SmokinPhotos® knows it is extremely important to illustrate a true dedication to America's VetDogs®. Because of this, if requested, SmokinPhotos® will provide documentation which provides proof that 100% of the yearly profits, and more, are provided directly to America's VetDogs®.

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