Matlin Owes Back Taxes

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May 12, 2011 | 2:25pm EST

Actress Marlee Matlin is in trouble with tax authorities – she owes $50,000.
The Oscar-winning actress insists she’s working out a schedule with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to pay back the debt, which dates back to 2009.

She tells, “I’m not broke. Like everybody else, I owe money… I’m not shying away from it and I’m certainly not ashamed of it. It doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. It’s the reality that a lot of people in America are facing.

“My husband is a Los Angeles area police officer and between the two of us we have always made ends meet in the past – and we will in this circumstance as well.”

The Children of a Lesser God star is also taking measures to make sure she doesn’t fall behind on her taxes again – Matlin is putting the family’s home up for sale and moving her kids from private to public school.

She adds, “Living modestly in a suburban neighborhood while trying to support four children through private school is not extravagant or living large. (But) transitioning out of a private school environment will certainly relieve some of the financial pressures.”