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Two bills tackle online retail disparities

The bill also makes sure that "only the jurisdiction encompassing the customers’ tax address may impose taxes on digital goods and services, preventing the consumer from being taxed by multiple states."

Backers include the Recording Industry Association of America, Verizon, Apple and Time Warner.

Meanwhile, a bill introduced by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) on Thursday tries to guarantee that traditional retailers are not subject to a double standard. The bill would ensure that online retailers must meet the same sales tax requirements as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.

Online retailers without a physical presence in a state sometimes skirt state sales tax requirements, according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association. The Main Street Fairness Act of 2010 addresses the alleged disparity.

RILA said in a statement Thursday that the current law "puts the burden on the consumer to report the sales tax owed from an online transaction on their state income tax return — a confusing burden largely unknown or overlooked by most consumers come tax season."