A former employee, who will be receiving a W2 from us on 1/31, is requesting our EIN via text message. He says it is for his taxes, although I am perplexed because he can't file his taxes until he get the W2 from us.
Am I required to give him the number? Why wouldn't he wait and get the information from his W2?
If you are mailing the form and not giving online access and are not an import partner then do NOT give them that number ... tell them to wait for the form and not to try file without it.
If they file before they get the form their return may be incorrect requiring it to be amended AND the return will not be processed until your W-3 has been processed ... so jumping ahead of he game will do no good.