My partners boss wants his ABN number?

Hey there; I'm enquiring on behalf of my partner because he recieved an email from his boss asking him for his ABN number and this doesn't make any sense? His been working for his company for about 4 months now and has never been taxed and I was puzzled by this...But, now after 4 months he now wants my... show more Hey there;
I'm enquiring on behalf of my partner because he recieved an email from his boss asking him for his ABN number and this doesn't make any sense?
His been working for his company for about 4 months now and has never been taxed and I was puzzled by this...But, now after 4 months he now wants my partners ABN and said to either apply online or through a tax agent.
The only sense I could make out of this, is that prehaps his boss wants him to pay his own tax?
Is this correct or his boss a total idiot?

Advice would be muchly appriciated!
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