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Marlee Matlin owes the IRS $50,000 in back taxes from 2009, she tells People.

"I'm paying it back. I'm not shying away from it and I'm certainly not ashamed of it," Matlin says. "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."

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"I'm not broke," she says. "Like everybody else, I owe money."