Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Dividend Reinvestment and Cash Purchase Plan?
The Dividend Reinvestment and Cash Purchase Plan (the “Plan”) offers shareholders of The Taiwan Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) a prompt and simple way to reinvest their dividends and capital gains distributions in shares of the Fund. The Fund will distribute to shareholders, at least annually, substantially all of its net income and expects to distribute annually its net realized capital gains.
Computershare Trust Company, N.A. (the “Plan Administrator”) acts as Plan Administrator for shareholders in administering the Plan. You are also able to make make optional cash investments in Fund shares through the Plan Administrator.
Who Can Participate in the Plan?
If you own shares in your own name, you can elect to participate directly in the Plan. If you own shares that are held in the name of a brokerage firm, bank, or other nominee, you should contact your nominee to arrange for them to participate on your behalf.
The Plan has two components: reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions, and a voluntary cash purchase feature.
Reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions
If you choose to participate in the Plan, your dividends and capital gains distributions will be promptly invested for you, automatically increasing your holdings in the Fund. If the Fund declares a dividend or capital gains distribution payable in cash, you will automatically receive shares purchased by the Plan Administrator on the open market. You will be charged a per share fee (currently $0.05) incurred with respect to the Administrator’s open market purchases.
If a distribution is declared which is payable in shares or cash, at the option of the shareholder, and, if on the valuation date (generally the payable date), the market price of shares is equal to or exceeds their net asset value, the Fund will issue new shares to you at the greater of the following: (a) net asset value per share or (b) 95% of the market price per share. If the market price per share on the valuation date is less than the net asset value per share, the Fund will issue new shares to you at the market price per share on the valuation date.
All reinvestments are in full and fractional shares, carried to three decimal places. In the case of foreign (non-U.S.) shareholders, reinvestment will be made net of applicable withholding tax.
Voluntary cash purchase option
Plan participants have the option of making investments in Fund shares through the Plan Administrator. You may invest any amount from $100 to $3,000 semi-annually. The Plan Administrator will purchase shares for you on the New York Stock Exchange or otherwise on the open market on or about February 15 and August 15.
If you hold shares in your own name, you should deal directly with the Plan Administrator. Checks (in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank) should be made payable to “Computershare.” The Plan Administrator will not accept cash, traveler’s checks, money orders, or third party checks. We suggest you send your check, along with a completed transaction form which is attached to each statement you receive, to the following address to be received at least two business days before the investment date: Computershare, c/o The Taiwan Fund, Inc. at P.O. Box 43006 Providence RI 02940-3078. The Plan Administrator will return any cash payments received more than 35 (thirty-five) days prior to February 15 or August 15, and you will not receive interest on uninvested cash payments.
If your check is returned unpaid for any reason, the Administrator will consider the request for investment of such funds null and void, and shall immediately remove those shares from your account. The Administrator shall be entitled to sell shares to satisfy any uncollected amount plus any applicable fees. If the net proceeds of the sale are insufficient to satisfy the balance of any uncollected amounts, the Administrator shall be entitled to sell such additional shares from your account as may be necessary to satisfy the uncollected balance.
If you own shares that are held in the name of a brokerage firm, bank, or other nominee, you should contact your nominee to arrange for them to participate in the cash purchase option on your behalf.
Is there a Cost to Participate?
For purchases from the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions, you will pay a pro rata portion of brokerage commissions payable with respect to purchases of shares by the Plan Administrator on the open market.
You will also be charged a per-share fee (currently $0.05) incurred with respect to the Plan Administrator’s open market purchases in connection with the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions.
Brokerage charges for purchasing shares through the Plan are expected to be less than the usual brokerage charges for individual transactions because the Plan Administrator will purchase stock for all participants in blocks, resulting in lower commissions for each individual participant. The Plan Administrator’s transaction fees for handling capital gains distributions or income dividends will be paid by the Fund.
For purchases from voluntary cash payments, participants are charged a transaction fee (currently $0.75 per investment) and a per-share fee (currently $0.05) for each voluntary cash investment. Per-share fees include any brokage commissions the Plan Administrator is required to pay.
Brokerage commissions and service fees, if any, will be deducted from amounts to be invested.
What Are the Tax Implications for Participants?
You will receive tax information annually for your personal records and to help you prepare your federal income tax return. The automatic reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions does not relieve you of any income tax which may be payable on dividends or distributions.
For further information as to the tax consequences of participating in the Plan, you should consult with your tax advisers.
If the Fund issues shares upon reinvestment of a dividend or capital gains distribution, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, the amount reportable in respect of the reinvested amount of the dividend or distribution will be the fair market value of the shares received as of the payment date, which will be reportable as ordinary dividend income and/or long term capital gains. The shares will have a tax basis equal to such fair market value, and the holding period for the shares will begin on the day after the payment date. State, local, and foreign taxes may also be applicable.
Once Enrolled in the Plan, May I Withdraw from It?
You may withdraw from the Plan without penalty at any time by by calling the Plan Administrator at 1-800-426-5523; by accessing your Plan account at the Plan Administrator’s website; or by written notice to the Plan Administrator.
If you withdraw, you will receive, without charge, stock certificates issued in your name for all full shares and a check for any fractional share (valued at the market value of the shares at the time of withdrawal or termination), less any applicable fees.
You may also request that the Plan Administrator sell your shares and send you the proceeds, less a transaction fee of $2.50 and a per share fee of $0.15. The per share fee includes any brokerage commissions the Plan Administrator is required to pay.
Alternatively, you may also request that the Plan Administrator move your whole shares to the Direct Registration System, which would allow you to maintain ownership of those whole shares in book entry form on the records of the Fund.
All sale requests having an anticipated market value of $100,000.00 or more are expected to be submitted in written form. In addition, all sale requests within thirty (30) days of an address change are expected to be submitted in written form.
Who Should I Contact for Additional Information?
If you hold shares in your own name, please address all notices, correspondence, questions, or other communications regarding the Plan to: Computershare, c/o The Taiwan Fund, Inc. at P.O. Box 43006 Providence RI 02940-3078; by telephone at 1-800-426-5523; or through the Internet.
If your shares are not held in your name, you should contact your brokerage firm, bank, or other nominee for more information and to arrange for them to participate in the Plan on your behalf.
Either the Fund or the Plan Agent may amend or terminate the Plan. Except in the case of amendments necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable law, rules, or policies or a regulatory authority, participants will be mailed written notice at least 30 days before the effective date of any amendment. In the case of termination, participants will be mailed written notice at least 30 days before the record date of any dividend or capital gains distribution by the Fund.