Marlee Matlin's IRS Problems Do Not Fall Upon Deaf Ears
Marlee Matlin made her mark at the age of 21 as the youngest and only deaf woman to win the academy award for Best Actress In A Leading Award. Now she must do battle with America’s favorite public servants, the IRS. The Children of a Lesser God actress revealed to People she owes the IRS $50,000 dollars in back taxes and is in the process of working out a payment plan. Because she is not an A-Lister by any means, this will have a significant impact on her family’s daily life, including selling her Pasadena home and taking her children out of private school.
A Reuters public records search revealed the family seeks a tad less than $900 thousand dollars for their 2,600 square foot home; which while steep, gives an indication of just how nice the city of Pasadena is. She maintains that the back taxes does not make her a “bad person," she told People. "It's reality. It's the reality that a lot of people in America are facing."
Whether or not that’s true is irrelevant; but this serves as both a word of warning and a reminder to those who believe every celebrity lives a million dollar lifestyle. Yeah, Matlin’s doing better than I’ll ever do, but it’s probably unfair to say that an extravagant lifestyle led to this snafu. Marlee is currently a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice; unfortunately she’s competing for charity, which means that even a victory will not help her cause.
The actress appears on television from time to time, although she does not have a steady paycheck, and truly never has. Her husband is a police officer and they have four children together. If more proof was needed to show that the economy has hit everyone hard, this should suffice.