Minn. Man Challenging IRS Over Retirement Distribution for Dog’s Medical Bills

A Minnesota man plans to challenge the IRS after his request for a hardship distribution from his retirement account was denied.  The man wanted to take a distribution to pay for his dog’s cancer treatments.  The plan administrator denied his distribution request because IRS guidelines limit the definition of a “hardship” to circumstances such as storm damage, funeral expenses, college expenses, buying a home, or medical bills of yourself or dependents (but not pets). 

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