Marlee Matlin Owes $50K to IRS

Marlee Matlin’s next challenge is to pay off Uncle Sam.

The 45-year-old “Celebrity Apprentice” star owes $50,000 in back taxes for 2009, but she’s got a plan to make the government whole, People reported.

"I'm paying it back. I'm not shying away from it and I'm certainly not ashamed of it," Matlin told the mag. "It doesn't mean I'm a bad person. It's reality. It's the reality that a lot of people in America are facing.”

The deaf Oscar-winner and wife of a Los Angeles area cop explained that her finances got ahead of her because of inconsistent acting gigs.

"Living modestly in a suburban neighborhood while trying to support four children through private school is not extravagant or living large," she told People.

Matlin, who has raked in big bucks for charity on this season’s “Apprentice,” said she’s put her home on the market and plans send the kids to public school.

Perhaps, the Donald -- or John Rich -- could throw some change to the taxman on her behalf?

Selected Reading: People, PopEater

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