By any chance do you have a W2 that indicates you are covered by a retirement plan in box 13?
Did you walk through the Traditional IRA section in Deductions & Credits and see this screen?
No, you should not uncheck the 'retirement plan' box on the W-2. Since he worked for an employer and was covered by a retirement plan until the time he retired, he is considered to have been covered by a retirement plan all year.
Contributing to a Traditional IRA will still be allowed, only the deductible portion of the contribution may be limited.
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