By Jeff Labrecque
Updated May 12, 2011 at 07:06 PM EDT

Celebrity Apprentice star Marlee Matlin owes $50,000 in back taxes to the IRS, the Academy-Award winning actress told People. “I’m paying it back. I’m not shying away from it and I’m certainly not ashamed of it,” Matlin told the magazine. “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 married mother of four maintains that she and her Los Angeles-area policeman-husband haven’t been living extravagantly, and they’re putting the family’s suburban house up for sale. “I’m not broke,” she said. “Like everybody else, I owe money.”