Actress Marlee Matlin is feeling the IRS sting. The Oscar-winning star says she owes $50,000 in back taxes for 2009.

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"I'm paying it back. I'm not shying away from it and I'm certainly not ashamed of it," Matlin, 45, confirmed to People.com. "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."

Matlin, who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her turn in the 1986 film "Children of a Lesser God," has admitted that as a working actress, her income can vary year-to-year, and the recession has hit her family. She and her husband, police officer Kevin Grandalski, are taking their four kids out of private school and are putting their five-bedroom Pasadena home up for sale.

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

Matlin plans to move her family to a community with a good public school.

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