MN Man vs IRS: Fight Over Dying Dog's Medical Costs

June 02, 2011 11:22 PM

An American bulldog is now at the center of a fight between a Twin Cities man and the IRS, and the outcome could affect any family with a pet.

After Victor Mills, a Minneapolis police officer, tried to withdraw money for emergency medical care for his dying dog and was denied by his plan administrator earlier this month, the IRS is apparently deciding whether money in a retirement account can be used for emergency medical care for an animal.

"You'll pay for a furnace, you'll pay for a roof, you'll pay for a sidewalk that gets damaged, but you won't pay for a living creature who's dying?" Mills says he told his plan administrator when told his dog's sudden cancer diagnosis and tumor was not a qualified "unforeseeable emergency."

Mills has challenged the decision all the way to IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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