HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtus Total Return Fund (NYSE: DCA) previously announced that its dividend distribution for the fourth quarter of 2012 will be $0.050 per share, payable on January 9, 2013, to shareholders of record on December 31, 2012. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121031/NE03346LOGO) The declaration of $0.050 per share is effective with an ex-date of January 3, 2013; no additional supplemental distribution is required. Distributions may represent earnings from net investment income, excess gains taxable as ordinary income or, if necessary, return of capital. In addition, distributions may include net realized long-term capital gains as permitted by the Investment Company Act of 1940. There is no guarantee that the funds will realize capital gains in any given year. Distributions are subject to re-characterization for tax purposes after the end of the fiscal year. All shareholders with taxable accounts will receive written notification regarding the components and tax treatment for distributions via Form 1099-DIV. Distributions from the fund are generally subject to Federal income taxes. The Virtus Total Return Fund is a diversified closed-end fund with an objective of total return, consisting of both capital appreciation and current income, as determined by the fund's investment adviser, Virtus Investment Advisers, Inc. The fund has been managed since December 9, 2011 by Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. and Newfleet Asset Management, LLC., both affiliated managers of Virtus Investment Partners. For more information on the fund, contact shareholder services at (866) 270-7788, by email at email@example.com, or through the closed end fund section on the web at www.virtus.com. About Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co.Duff & Phelps Investment Management is a leader in investing in real estate investment trusts, infrastructure, and utility companies and in developing and managing focused investment strategies for specialized clients, including nuclear decommissioning trusts. For more information about Duff & Phelps, visit www.dpimc.com.