A Small Business Entity Compliance Guide Added to the CFPB Small Data Collection, Section 1071 Resource Page

On May 15, 2023, the CFPB released a Small Entity Compliance Guide. The guide was made available on the CFPB’s  Small Business Information  resource page with the purpose of providing a detailed summary of the final rule’s requirements. The CFPB states that the content of the guide does not include any rules, bulletins, guidance, or other interpretations issued or released after the date on the guide’s cover page. Additionally, the CFPB expressly states that users […]

We’re Overwhelmed with Questions about the Section 1071 Final Rule

Compliance officers from around the country have overwhelmed us with questions about the final Small Business Data Collection and Reporting requirements from Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank. Since March 30th we’ve been fielding these questions, researching answers, and providing them to our training clients and Compliance Masters Group subscribers. We thought our blog subscribers might also find this helpful and would like to share with you a free, on-demand Q & A session answering 10 of […]

TBA Files Suit to Block Section 1071

Last week, the Texas Bankers Association filed a suit to block the CFPB’s implementation of Section 1071’s final rule. The lawsuit was joined by TBA member, Rio Bank out of McAllen Texas. As you know, Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the collection and submission of data relating to credit applications by women-owned, minority-owned, and small businesses. TBA President and CEO Chris Furlow said, “CFPB has taken 3 pages of legislation requiring 13 data […]


The final rule implementing Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act is massive. There are a couple additional pieces of guidance that may offer relief to some institutions. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has provided a Filing Instructions Guide, a Small Business Lending rule: Data Points Chart, a Grace Period Policy Statement and a Statement on Enforcement and Supervisory Practices Relating to Small Business Lending Rule. Details follow. Filing Instructions Guide – The 2024 Filing […]


The proposed regulation to implement section 1071 did not address the handling of joint applications. This writer and others commented on the lack of guidance for reporting joint applications. Joint applications for commercial and agricultural loans are not common, but they do occur. The issue is whether information is collected for each applicant, or for a single applicant, and if a single applicant, which applicant. The final regulation, published on March 30, includes comment 103(a)-10 […]