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In California, sales tax is applied to the retail sale of tangible personal property when it changes hands. That being the case, the technician would not charge sales tax for the service s/he provides for the adjustment or repairs for equipment already sold and installed. Were s/he providing repair parts, sales tax would be applied on those items, but not on the labor to install.
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